Social Media or News Media?

 

by Melissa Santiago

Days after the 2016 election, Facebook was blamed for the spreading of “Fake News” and its effects on the election outcomes.

Mark Zuckerburg shrugged off the idea of the world’s largest social media platform playing a key role in election results two days after the election but Facebook has begun to implement changes to stop the spread of false information amid news that “Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads.”

With news of Russian ad buys, Pew Research released a study showing as much as 67% of US adults get at least some news from social media.

The implications of all this?  Social media platforms can no longer dodge blame and claim they aren’t new or media sites. Regardless of whether these companies see themselves as news outlets, if 2/3 of all US adults consider them a news source, it’s time for them to put measures in place to reduce the spread of false information.