How Google’s AMP and Facebook’s Instant Articles camouflage fake news

Kyle Chaka for The Verge:

The fake news problem we’re facing isn’t just about articles gaining traffic from Facebook timelines or Google search results. It’s also an issue of news literacy — a reader’s ability to discern credible news. And it’s getting harder to tell on sight alone which sites are trustworthy. On a Facebook timeline or Google search feed, every story comes prepackaged in the same skin, whether it’s a months-long investigation from The Washington Post or completely fabricated clickbait.

Another unintended consequence of the homogenised/minimalist publishing platform movement. See also: Medium.

Author: Matthew Culnane

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