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The rise of fake news sites coupled with compulsive social media sharing make for a difficult time deciphering fact from fiction on the web. (Pixabay)closemore
The rise of fake news sites coupled with compulsive social media sharing make for a difficult time deciphering fact from fiction on the web. (Pixabay)

There has been a lot of talk of fake news — nonfactual, misleading and sometimes hateful commentary — being shared through social media during this election cycle.

While tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter are recognizing that it's a problem and are considering what to do about it, Melissa Zimdars already has done something. The professor at Merrimack College in North Andover has come up with a list of fake news sites that are shared on Facebook in hopes of helping others stop the spread of misinformation.

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Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College. She tweets @mishmz.

Hiawatha Bray, technology writer for the business section of The Boston Globe. He tweets @GlobeTechLab.

This segment aired on November 21, 2016.

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