In the aftermath of “pizzagate” Pew asked 1,002 US adults for their opinions on fake news. Unsurprisingly, 64% said fake news made them really confused about current events. Broken down by gender, 61% of men and 68% of women said fake news muddled their understanding of what was happening in the world. Despite the headaches involved, over 80% were very or somewhat confident in their ability to detect fake news.
Facebook offered plans to counteract fake news. The company said it would work with third-party fact-checking organizations to flag stories as “disputed.” It also said it would work to reduce suspect stories in users’ news feeds and it would move to disrupt the ability of fake news providers to monetize page views.