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Solving the Disinformation Puzzle

When it comes to tackling the "fake news" problem, there is no silver bullet. The modern information ecosystem is like a Rubik’s Cube: a different move is required to “solve” each individual square, and success requires getting all sides in place.

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA – Ever since the November 2016 US presidential election highlighted the vulnerability of digital channels to purveyors of “fake news,” the debate over how to counter disinformation has not gone away. We have come a long way in the eight months since Facebook, Google, and Twitter executives appeared before Congress to answer questions about how Russian sources exploited their platforms to influence the election. But if there is one thing that the search for solutions has made clear, it is that there is no silver bullet.