From the moment of his election, Pope Francis’ down-to-earth take on communicating the Gospel has led to countless front-page headlines either praising or criticizing him.
Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.
People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said.
First, let me be clear: The above headline is not true. I made it up. But another, equally outlandish, claim — “Pope Francis shocks world, endorses Donald Trump for president” — was a real headline that made its way around Facebook in the lead-up to Election Day. It popped into the feed of a friend […]