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Fact checking won’t defeat fake news—but education might

We need to change the way we think—which means we need the critical tools of the humanities

By Linda Risso  

A tweet by US-President Donald Trump, who is at the centre of today's row over fake news. Photo: PA

 

In January 2017, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee launched an inquiry into fake news and social media. The inquiry was supposed to look into the role of non-traditional news sources, which put out unverified items that are then picked up and magnified by mainstream media. Damian Collins, chairman of the committee, said the trend was “a threat to democracy”.

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