Considering that the root cause is the essential incompatibility between optimizing for truth and optimizing for commercial success, I don’t see fake news ever going away or being seriously addressed. People will continue to pay for spurious information that matches their biases, and people will continue to generate spurious information that matches the biases of people willing to pay for it, for as long as money continues to exist.

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software.

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