Atlanta – The media is getting ahead of itself.
Fake news sites, fake news content and fake content are being promoted on Facebook and Twitter in a bid to help win elections and get ahead of the story.
But the reality is that fake news is just as real as fake news.
Fake media is now a national problem, with fake news accounts now controlling almost 50 per cent of the internet.
And that’s not all.
In the US, there are more than a million fake news outlets, including more than 5 million news sites.
But fake news also has a strong and growing influence in Canada.
According to a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, fake stories are becoming more widespread.
The centre found that in 2017, a whopping 40 per cent of all stories published in Canada were false or misleading, compared to just 20 per cent in 2015.
The study found that false stories and misinformation spread more widely than they did in the years leading up to World War II.
In Canada, the number of fake news stories is increasing rapidly, according to the centre, with the majority of the growth in 2017 coming from fake news websites.
“Fake news is now more prevalent than it has ever been in Canada,” said David Cole, director of the Centre for Media Justice and Public Policy.
“It’s just happening faster and more aggressively.”
In fact, the Centre found that fake stories have become the top reason for news consumers to take the time to read the story, while the number one reason people click on news stories has been declining.
The Centre, a non-profit organisation based in Toronto, found that the top reasons people click to read news stories were: the story was interesting or the story is relevant; the content was original; the headline was relevant to the topic; and the content is relevant to readers.
The top reason people clicked on stories from the fake news industry was to “share” the story or share a link.
While fake news may be spreading, it is not spreading in a manner that is detrimental to the democratic process.
Media commentators and journalists say the rise of fake stories and fake information on social media is just a symptom of the wider crisis that is unfolding across the political spectrum.
This crisis is also being driven by the rise in the amount of fake information being spread by individuals, such as bots and fake accounts, according to the centre.
In 2017, fake accounts and bots spread about 3,500 articles from the “social news” and “alternative media” industries, according a study from the Centre.
The Centre’s findings come as the government grapples with the spread of misinformation, with reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was recently told by the Prime Minister’s Office that his government was actively working to stop fake news from spreading on social platforms.
The Prime Minister said on Twitter that he has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the issue.
According to the Centre’s study, more than 80 per cent and 85 per cent, respectively, of all stories that circulated in 2017 were fake.
In a statement, the Canadian Centre for Science in Journalism called on politicians to take action against fake news and to invest in research that can help ensure that people are not misled by fake news, and for the government to take more action against sites like Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
“These sites have a direct impact on public discourse,” said Anne Marie Meeuwsen, senior vice-president of the Canadian Media Association.
“They have to stop spreading false and misleading content, and instead focus on fact-based news.
The government should make sure the content on these platforms is fact-checked, and the platforms must have clear rules about how they distribute information to consumers.”
Meeuwsen added that fake information is being used to influence public opinion and has become a major problem for Canada’s democracy.
There have been reports of fake ads being spread through Facebook and YouTube ads, with one example being the ad that falsely claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court had decided to uphold a law that would allow women to terminate their pregnancies.
Meanwhile, the fake sites are using Facebook to push their content.
Facebook is the largest platform on the internet, with more than 200 million people who are registered on the site.
However, many of the sites are run by people with no experience of the online world, according the Centre study.
A study published by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in May 2017 found that, according, there were about 13 million fake sites on Facebook.
Of those, about one third are fake news sources.
And many of these sites are owned by people who have no knowledge of the technology that is behind Facebook.
As Facebook continues to evolve and evolve, so too do the sites that operate on it.
A few of the biggest sites on the platform