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Living in a “fake” world

Our sad, new, distorted reality is the explosion of fake videos, fake people on Facebook, and daily cries of “fake news.” This week, we reached a peak fake, with Facebook saying it had deleted 2.2 billion fake accounts in three months, a fake video of Speaker Pelosi going viral, and Trump going on a fresh “fake news” tear. For why it matters, read more here. – Axios

Two-thirds of links to social media posted by automated accounts, not humans

Automated social media accounts called “bots” are capable of posting content or interacting with other users with no direct human involvement. They can play a valuable part in the social media ecosystem, answering questions in real time or providing updates about news stories or events. But they can also be used to alter perceptions of political discourse on social media, spread misinformation, or manipulate online rating and review systems. Read more here. – Pew Research Center

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