Whether it’s fake or false or even just a misleading headline, Facebook and other social media are bad news sources for people. Good for profit, but bad for people.
Facebook-as-news-source is inherently broken
Algorithms which select news you will ‘like’ are not the best sources for news.
If you are the kind of person who is inclined to like Donald Trump but also who is inclined to like the pope, the stories that you need to see are the psychologically difficult ones that pick at the tension between your identity as a Republican partisan and your identity as a Catholic.
A news diet overwhelmingly driven by shareability and algorithmic targeting is going to be profoundly misleading whether or not it contains fake news.
Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news