The media problem is bigger than just fake news. ‘News’ is no longer always subject to journalistic standards, especially when breaking news spreads through social media. Without journalistic rigor info becomes news and the info may not be correct. Once it’s out there circulating and recirculating the typical reader/viewer’s ability to discern truth from falsehood plummets. Under these circumstances it doesn’t matter if the info was incorrect or if it was intentionally falsified.
At some point in the telephone chain, the story goes from accurate to inaccurate. And the method is the same as the fake news method — maximum outrage, maximum engagement, minimum concern for context and accuracy.
Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news