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Social media and fake news in the 2016 election

Hunt Allcott, Matthew Gentzkow
01/03/2017
American democracy has been repeatedly buffeted by changes in media technology. In the early 2000s, the growth of online news prompted a new set of concerns, among them that excess diversity of viewpoints would make it easier for like-minded citizens to form “echo chambers” or “filter bubbles” where they would be insulated from contrary perspectives. Most recently, the focus of concern has shifted to social media. Social media platforms such as Facebook have a dramatically different structure than previous media technologies. Content can be relayed among users with no significant third party filtering, fact-checking, or editorial judgment.
Topic :  Media  
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Edition :  Journal of Economic Perspectives  
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Country :  United States 
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Language  :  English 
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