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Evaluating the fake news problem at the scale of the information ecosystem

September 2020

Published onSep 30, 2020
Evaluating the fake news problem at the scale of the information ecosystem

It is clear that fake news has dominated both the headlines as well as discussions surrounding information literacy. This paper suggests that we might be spending a disproportionate amount of time and attention on combating fake news. It presents findings that fake news is extremely rare – it is only 0.15% of Americans’ overall daily media diet. It suggests that perhaps general ignorance, falling into cognitive biases, and not understanding the agenda-setting theory is more likely to lead to misinformedness and polarization. – ELJ

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