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Even Barack Obama is fed up with fake news

In a real-life development that was definitely not made up (we swear), President Barack Obama chimed in on the ongoing debate over fake news and how it affects public discourse. At a press conference in Berlin, Obama derided the spread of “active misinformation” and suggested a need to safeguard against such phony news items, which … Continue reading “Even Barack Obama is fed up with fake news”

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In a real-life development that was definitely not made up (we swear), President Barack Obama chimed in on the ongoing debate over fake news and how it affects public discourse. At a press conference in Berlin, Obama derided the spread of “active misinformation” and suggested a need to safeguard against such phony news items, which he said often closely resemble the real thing. 

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The algorithms that dictate how content flows online are the object of increasing scrutiny after last week’s wrap-up of the U.S. presidential election season, during which bogus news stories saw a very high rate of engagement on Facebook, according to BuzzFeed

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