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Two-thirds of US thinks fake news is causing confusion

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Just last week we reported on companies blacklisting alt-right websites from their advertising spend. Now a new report from PEW shows that almost two-thirds of Americans think that fake news (no, they're not the same thing, but they're related -Ed.) is causing "a great deal of confusion" in the country.

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It can be tempting to think that this problem is a side effect of political shenanigans but unfortunately health has a strong undercurrent of fake news and “magical thinking.” Recall that Steve Jobs, an extremely intelligent man, held beliefs that left him vulnerable to fake cancer treatments:

In spite of pleas from family and friends, he tried to cure himself through acupuncture sessions, drinking special fruit juices, visiting “spiritualists” and using other treatments he found on the internet. – Steve Jobs ‘regretted trying to beat cancer with alternative medicine for so long’ The Telegraph

In other real news about fake news, Facebook will shame fake news with a “Disputed” tag. – AdAge.

Source: PEW Internet Project

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