News has gotten a reality check. What used to be a worry for academics, fake news, is now a full-blown topic in itself, with stories about misinformation, coordinated campaigns, and viral falsehoods coming out every day.
This newsletter covers how fact-checkers, social media platforms and governments are tackling the issue, with articles covering the big scandals and the small tweaks to the algorithms. It also looks at the dangers of specific conspiracy theories and how they spread online, such as misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic that is quite literally a matter of life and death.
Articles in the newsletter come from a mix of different sites, with mainstream press taking a new interest in the topic but also from fact-checkers themselves. There is also a budding community of research into misinformation and how people get their news online, which we are happy to show you the best of.