Social media has swallowed the news—threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts

This article titled “How technology disrupted the truth” was written by Katharine Viner, for The Guardian on Tuesday 12th July 2016 05.00 UTC

One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David Cameron, had committed an “obscene act with a dead pig’s head”, according to the Daily Mail. “A distinguished Oxford contemporary claims Cameron once took part in an outrageous initiation ceremony at a Piers Gaveston event, involving a dead pig,” the paper reported. Piers Gaveston is the name of a riotous Oxford university dining society; the authors of the story claimed their source was an MP, who said he had seen photographic evidence: “His extraordinary suggestion is that the future PM inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal.”

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