Wednesday, 12 April 2017

There’s a hunger for the truth in news reporting

Credit: Mediaite

Three days ago, I posted this:

Google fights fake news with “Fact Check” tag

Result, more page views than the previous 3 posts together, & the post with the fourth highest number of page views in 6 years. There really is a hunger for the truth.

In the face of recent world events, that's the best news this year.

Since you've read this far, it probably includes you – & you'll probably be interested in this: – “How to Spot Fake News”
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