Seeds: Although, for a lot of us (and by us I mean people who have not yet hit their mid-life crisis), Facebook is becoming a place that we frequent every so often to watch the cat videos that our great aunt Ethel has tagged us in, Facebook is, and continues to be a major news source for millions of Americans. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it quickly becomes problematic when many of the “news” sources on the site peddle fake news stories.
Core: In the last week following this year’s U.S. presidential election, people have begun to take a closer look at the news media circulating on Facebook and what the company is doing to prevent fake news from going viral. In an effort to stop the spread of misinformation, Facebook has recently adjusted their policies to ban fake news sources from advertising on the site. The circulation of fake news has gotten so bad that some reports have found that more Americans interacted with false news stories than real ones during the course of the election.
Skin: Many have shown concern that the proliferation of fake news, more specifically, pro-Trump stories such as the president-elect gaining the endorsement of Pope Francis (he didn’t), on Facebook could have affected the results of the presidential election. For a list of fake news sources to look out for, here.
Leaves: Only time will tell whether or not Facebook’s new policies will make a difference on the site. In the meantime, Americans will need to find other places to find their news.
Food For Thought: Do you think Facebook has a responsibility to stop the spread of fake news? Where do you get your news?