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Project Syndicate: The only way to stop fake news

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Activists protesting the spread of fake news through Facebook put hundreds of life-size Mark Zuckerberg cutouts in front of the Capitol last April, but the problem isn’t Zuckerberg’s, it’s the hundreds of millions of Facebook users who can’t get enough disinformation.

MADRID, Spain (Project Syndicate) — These are difficult days for liberal democracy. But of all the threats that have arisen in recent years — populism, nationalism, illiberalism — one stands out as a key enabler of the rest: the proliferation and weaponization of disinformation.

The threat is not a new one. Governments, lobby groups, and other interests have long relied on disinformation as a tool of manipulation and control.

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