What my internet looks like, after researching online fake news for six years

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The “unspoken truth” phenomenon has been around since the early 2000s, with people believing in conspiracies and unverifiable facts without ever asking the question: how do you know? Giordano Bruno wrote about this in 1580, saying ‘se non è vero, è molto ben trovato!’ (‘If it is not true, it is very well found/invented!’). In other words, sometimes the truth of a story matters less than how it lines up with the audiences’ beliefs and desires. Social media platforms, such as Facebook, have further enabled this manipulation of reality, by allowing political campaigns to reach millions of people without being transparent about their paid boosted posts. Read full article here

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