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Living in a Post-Truth World; by Sara Stevenson at Diane Ravitch blog

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So the FTC Takes Aim at 'Fake News' Websites? Is it such a good thing, without consequence? Should we buy what the newly elected 'big brothers' are selling here?
So the FTC Takes Aim at 'Fake News' Websites? Is it such a good thing, without consequence? Should we buy what the newly elected 'big brothers' are selling here?
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'Proliferating fake news stories played a profound and sinister role in our just-concluded presidential election. In a Washington Post article, the top Google search on the election results led users to a fake news site.  A majority of Americans receive their news via Facebook. “Trending stories” ( clickbait) are highlighted in the right-hand margin of your Facebook page. Facebook has already determined your political bias, these stories  play into each user’s biases and fears. We must all do our due diligence and evaluate every website we visit. We have many sources to help us, such as who.is, which allows us to search for the domain owner of every website. The very survival of our republic depends on an educated, engaged, and information-savvy populace. A way to do that is using what Gettysburg College has termed the CRAAP Test: Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.'

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