Facebook has been working through something of a fake news crisis over the past two years, since it was revealed that the network was weaponized by government-backed Russian in a coordinated misinformation campaign, with the hopes of influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Since then, the company has implemented a number of changes to curb the creation of fake accounts that often distribute this inauthentic information, and has uncovered at least two similar misinformation campaigns.
It poses the question: With fake news continuing to be a problem on social media, why do so many people continue to rely on it as a source of information on current events?
The answer, it seems, is two-fold.
First, the same survey conducted by Pew also found that even though so many people continue to primarily consume news via social media, they don't always trust it. Over half (57%) expect the news they find on social media to be inaccurate.