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Deal With Fake News Yourself, Facebook

We put the social media giant’s 10 tips on avoiding bogus stories to the test.

Activists set up cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which say “Fix Fakebook,” in front of the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday

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On Thursday’s Gist, tips for avoiding fake news? Thanks but no thanks, Facebook.

There’s a new documentary out about the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, and it got us thinking about the flaws in the public’s perception of that saga. Reporter Derek John explains how the dominant narrative of the case was warped by an amateur crime blogger and a protective football team, despite the efforts of local prosecutors. John and Anders Kelto reported the story for Gamebreaker, a podcast by Audible.

In the Spiel, the NFL’s fans are way more liberal than its team owners. So how’s the kneeling ban supposed to restore its ratings dip?

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