Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Intersection of Fake News and the Law

September 2017 Bar Bulletin


By Barbara Swatt Engstrom

This Forbes headline from May of last year caught my eye, “Two-Thirds of Adults Get News from Social Media.” The article cited a 2016 Pew Research study finding that 62 percent of adult Americans get news from social media. I found that statistic hard to believe.

As a librarian and an attorney, my first instinct was to go to the source document. A closer look at the Pew Research study1 revealed that yes, 62 percent of the people surveyed (a panel of 4,654 representative participants)
acknowledged that they get some news from social media. But that number...

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