Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2016 was "post-truth," a term it defines as any circumstance "in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." So maybe truth didn't die in 2016; it just took a backseat. It was certainly a year of memorable news headlines. These "news" stories were just stories -- the products of clickbait factories, which are churning out and disseminating false information. The point of the deception was to make money. Any influence on public opinion was, for the most part, a byproduct of the fake news sausage-making. The fake news stories of 2016 were exceedingly easy to disprove, and fact-checkers were quick to point out their inaccuracies -- but none of that mattered. According to an analysis by BuzzFeed, fake news about US politics accounted for 10.6 million of the 21.5 million total shares on Facebook during the period of study.
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