Chapter 2. How Fake News Spreads

Joanna M. Burkhardt


Chapter 2 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 8), “Combatting Fake News in the Digital Age”

Fake news has always been spread by word of mouth. Early human populations were sparse. The spread of news was limited. Over time, populations grew and become sedentary. This made it easier to spread news. As populations became literate, the means to spread news diversified. Technological innovations increased the speed by which news could travel. Chapter 2 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 8), “Combatting Fake News in the Digital Age,” looks at the spread of fake news up to today, when the internet allows news to be known almost immediately after an event and the scope is worldwide.

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