The Oxford 2016 word of the year is post-truth. Post-truth is basically believing something even though it is not true and there is no evidence to back up the claim. There are claims that Trump won because of the fake news that did its rounds on Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg denies these claims. But we can’t deny that fake news is a real problem in a post truth world.
In the US, 44% of Americans say they get their news from Facebook. The problem with this is that the Facebook news feed is making us dumb. Why? Because the algorithm is designed to give us more of what we already like.
News is now one of the three things we get from social media. The other being our entire self-worth and pictures of shaved alpacas – John Oliver
We’ve all got that Facebook friend who shares a post that is obviously fake and then goes on a rant exclaiming how outraged they are. Depending on their settings, friends of friends of friends see the post and instead of checking the story, we just see an image and a headline and our minds are made up.
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