Facebook, Fake News, and the First Amendment


Ashley Smith-Roberts

As social media gains heightened influence over our lives, it becomes increasingly important that the news we receive online be accurate, trustworthy, and dependable. However, episodes such as “Pizzagate” and claims of Russian interference in the US presidential election have resulted in more Americans than ever questioning the accuracy of the daily news updates that they receive on their social media devices. Recent concerns over data privacy and national security have highlighted that “fake news” has begun to infiltrate our society in ways previously inconceivable.

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