The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign taught us all a lot about how the web can influence people's opinions. Misinformation is fast, easy, and cheap to produce; super profitable; and capable of severely impacting public perception of candidates.
Obviously not something that we at Websnare, who create and distribute web content, were excited to see revealed.
But every problem represents an opportunity. And true to form, web designers, product designers, and developers worldwide have jumped at the opportunity to fix this particular broken window. Here's just a small sampling:
Ultimately, the more programmatic methods and monetary methods proposed by Facebook, Google, and the FiB team will prove the most scalable and effective. But more human methods like a stronger commitment to journalistic ethics and tools and resources designed to help people be better readers will undoubtedly be needed as well.
Because as with any attempt to control the flow of information, there’s always the possibility of control being exercised the wrong way. And that means it’s ultimately up to us to stop the creation and spread of misinformation.