‘Fake news’ is suddenly in the news — and the media is trying to stop it

In the wake of a campaign cycle that saw “fake news” widely shared on social media — and widespread criticism that his company did not do enough to combat it — Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced late last week that his company is working to address the problem of “misinformation” being spread on the site. “Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information,” Zuckerberg wrote Friday in a Facebook post. Paul Horner, a writer who makes his living off writing fake news stories that go viral, told the Washington Post that he believes Donald Trump won the election because of him.

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