Could satire get caught in the crossfire of the fake news wars?
It’s an understatement to say that fake news has been an issue during the US election period. Millions and millions of people were taken in by a range of completely fictional stories, from the Pope endorsing Trump to Hillary selling weapons to ISIS.
The chart below from Buzzfeed demonstrates the scale of the problem. People are not just engaging with fake news; it’s getting more traction than stories from genuine, reputable news sites.
There is a huge ethical dilema about whether social networks are culpable for the echo chambers their users create, and many column inches have been dedicated to the issue over the past few weeks.