SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT #5

According to PolitiFact, the 2016 election was a “bridge to fake news”. The polarized environment toward the candidates and their emotional supporters “gave rise to a spreading of fake news with unprecedented impunity”, PolitiFact said. Facebook in particular was accused of ignoring the fact that fake news had spread widely on its platform, and starting in late 2016 started to take steps to fight fake news.

What has your experience of fake news been like? Have you noticed it in your social media networks, or in other spaces? What fake news stories did you see? How did you come across it? How did you feel about it?

What about efforts to mitigate fake news? Have you noticed what Facebook and others have been doing to fight fake news? Do you have the sense that it is working? How important is it anyway?

Your writing should conform to the usual short writing assignment guidelines (500 words, uploaded to turnitin by your section time during the week of May 1).