(Pun intended) Genuine fake news continues to spread on social media

(Pun intended) Genuine fake news continues to spread on social media

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Despite an aggressive crackdown by social media firms, so-called “junk news” is spreading at a greater rate than in 2016 on social media ahead of the US midterm elections, according to researchers.

Source: Despite crackdown, ‘junk news’ still flourishes on social media

The researchers’ formal definition of fake news ensnared what Facebook insists are legitimate news outlets (think about that for, oh about 2 seconds):

The Oxford researchers said that its definition of “junk” is based on specific criteria, including a lack of professional journalism practices, use of hyperbole or misleading headlines, and relying on untrustworthy sources of information.

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