Twitter Launches Midterm Elections Tab, Promoted Conspiracy Theorists and Partisan Media

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Twitter’s creator Jack Dorsey received the brunt of the criticism after a tweet announcing the launch of the page.

The spreading of fake stories can upend democracies because – rather than forming opinions based on the acceptance of universally undisputed facts – opposing sides form beliefs and subsequently votes on false notions, often controversial ones that widen ideological chasms between citizens.

While 2016 taught us (most of us) to be vigilant against fake news and the manipulation of social media, it’s unclear whether or not the damage has already been done.

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