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For years, newspaper design helped us identify fake news. Not anymore

It's quicker than ever to create a professional-looking website. For purveyors of fake news, that makes crafting—and sharing—believable stories an easy task

By Robin Wilde  

As the web has developed, the art of web design has grown with it. At the same time, the ubiquity of social media has fundamentally altered how we consume our news.

The evidence suggests that despite all the controversies of the last few years, we are becoming more, not less trusting of our news feeds (up from 15 per cent to 22 per cent from 2011 to 2018).

This isn’t a coincidence: the appearance of online news, with its large “hero” images, HTML5 charts and graphics, suggests authority. As news websites…

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