This piece on hyperpartisan Facebook pages, from Buzzfeed, becomes even more compelling in the light of today’s news:
Our analysis of three hyperpartisan right-wing Facebook pages found that 38% of all posts were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false, compared to 19% of posts from three hyperpartisan left-wing pages that were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false. The right-wing pages are among the forces — perhaps as potent as the cable news shows that have gotten far more attention — that helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump.
Media’s failure to truly engage with the social spread of news has opened the door to a new form of media, once that lacks the journalistic ethics that our polity badly needs right now.
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