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Fake News, Misinformation and Propaganda: Social Media

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What is Social Media?

Social Media are web-based platforms and tools that allow interaction and sharing of information between individuals and groups. The various platforms and tools might change, but fake news can be found in virtually all of them.

How Does Your News Feed Work?

Social media sites allow users to share and access news and information but how it shares information depends on how you interact with the members of your network.

All social media platforms have an algorithm, basic computer programming or logic, that helps to sift through all the content generated by the people the user is friends with or follows.

The news feed works on the principle that what you interact with is a key indication of what you want to see. It also takes into account what others like and whether the information is recent or is considered to have high importance, like someone getting married. But it can also mean that you may not see other interesting content because others are not interested or you have not interacted with that other user recently.

Social Media Companies Tackle Fake News

Wall Street Journal. (2016, November 15). Social media companies tackle fake news and abuse [Video].

Fake Video Testimonials: Inside the World of Fake Reviews (CBC Marketplace)

CBC Marketplace. (2017, January 27). Fake video testimonials: Inside the world of fake reviews [Video].