Tuesday 25 September 2018

It's past time for Facebook to tackle the rise of 'fake news'

The ‘fake news’ phenomenon, so heavily associated with US President Donald Trump, has presented a huge challenge to Facebook
The ‘fake news’ phenomenon, so heavily associated with US President Donald Trump, has presented a huge challenge to Facebook
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Fake news is inextricably associated with one company: Facebook This is for good reason. Facebook is now Ireland's main news source, being more used among ordinary people than any newspaper or broadcaster.

It has more than 2.4 million Irish users, of which more than 1.7 million use it daily for news and social lives. Almost everyone you know is on it.

With such great power comes heightened responsibility. So it may no longer be enough for Facebook to represent itself as 'just a platform'.

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