Wall Street Journal Says “Zero Evidence” Fake News Swayed Election
Turns out that fake news — liberal or conservative — might not have had any discernible impact on the election, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal cites a Pew Research survey indicating that about 80 percent of Americans believe they can spot fake news when they see it, while only about 30 percent believe they encounter it regularly.
That doesn’t sound like a problem big enough to swing a presidential election, and the Journal reports that there is “zero evidence” that the election was affected by contrived stories.
So apparently the sky isn’t falling — but Facebook thinks it is, and is testing new technology that will lead to stories flagged by users being fact-checked by supposedly responsible third parties. Unfortunately those third parties would be entities like the Associated Press, ABC News and PolitiFact — which is operated by a group of publications, including media giants like Cox and Gannett (the people who bring you USA Today) with help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. – READ MORE