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N. GiansiracusaHow Algorithms Create and Prevent Fake Newshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-7155-1_8

8. Social Spread

Moderating Misinformation on Facebook and Twitter
Noah Giansiracusa1  
Acton, MA, USA

At a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement.1

—Apple CEO Tim Cook

In this chapter, I explore several ways in which algorithms interact with the complex dynamics of social media when it comes to fake news. First, I set the stage with some context, issues, and examples that help us better understand what has happened ...

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