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By William H. Dutton
Michigan State University 

Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: Underresearched and overhyped

 


(THE CONVERSATION) In the early years of the internet, it was revolutionary to have a world of information just a click away from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many hoped this inherently democratic technology could lead to better-informed citizens more easily participating in debate, elections and public discourse.

Today, though, many observers are concerned that search algorithms and social media are undermining the quality of online information people see. They worry that bad information may be weakening democracy in the digital age.

The problems include online services conveying fake news,...



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