Of course fake news swayed the election. The staff here has watched hoaxes proliferate at ever increasing speed over the last eight years. We’ve seen it mostly through emails from family members who don’t use social media.
If these folks were getting a deluded by the false stories spread “the old fashion way” we can clearly draw a line to the increased effect the speed social media fosters. On top of that our online news consumption disincentivizes fact checking. It favors reading a headline or short story and moving on.
You can also be assured that the social media platforms are equally incentivized not to stop fake news. It’s not good for their business.
These sites are not neutral platforms, but robust businesses that have financial incentives to share fake news and encourage their users to stew in their own hateful juices; the more they stew, the more time they spend on the site.
By fostering rampant individualism and a disregard for traditional institutions, the tech companies are now under threat from a candidate they helped create.
Silicon Valley Helped Create Trump, and That’s Bad for It http://nyti.ms/2f6zm3Y