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Much of the liberal Western world breathed a huge sigh of relief earlier this month when centrist Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right extremist Marine Le Pen to become France’s next president.
But there might have been another victory — less heralded, but worth celebrating.
According to data from NewsWhip, a social news content management platform, it seems the French also struck a blow against the rising tide of “fake news.”
NewsWhip was part of the Cross Check coalition — which included French newsrooms as well as Google and Facebook — that banded together to identify and combat fake news during the election cycle. During the U.S. election last year, fake news that heavily favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton was deemed to have been one of the contributing factors in Trump’s victory.
According to NewsWhip’s data, about 40 percent of the most-shared stories in the lead-up to the U.S….
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