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Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017

ImageThe sixth annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report explores the changing environment around news consumption across countries. This year’s report comes against the backdrop of continuing concerns about how to fund journalism and the relations between news organizations and platforms, but also an intensification in news about the news, driven by attacks on the U.S. media and widespread concern about “fake news.”

The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself

It's time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true. Why? Look no further than Donald Trump's Twitter account. Trump claimed Sunday morning that "Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton." Not only was there no proof of this, but it was pretty easy to disprove. The FBI email inquiry was at the top of Google News; FBI director James Comey's name was at the top of Facebook's "trending" box; and Twitter's "moments" section had a prominent story about the controversy. Nevertheless, Trump's wrong-headed "burying" claim was his most popular tweet of the day. About 25,000 accounts retweeted it and almost 50,000 "liked" it, helping the falsehood spread far and wide.

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