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Poll: Should More Be Done to Regulate Fake News?

Strengthening information literacy skills is one way to fight the spread of fake news. However, according to a recent Pew Research poll, many Americans also believe that social media sites, search engines, and the government have a responsibility to stop fake news. Facebook, widely criticized for its role in spreading fake news, recently announced efforts to tackle the problem. Critics, though, argue that this approach could lead to censorship.

The “That’s Debatable!” poll, a popular polling feature in SIRS Issues Researcher, has been asking users all month whether fake news should be regulated. So far, users have overwhelmingly voted yes: fake news should indeed be regulated. What do you think? Should social media sites, search engines, and the government regulate fake news? Or is it the responsibility of news consumers to identify fake news on their own? Take our poll, and tell us what you think.

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How do you feel about summer school? Well, “That’s Debatable!”

Every month, SIRS Issues Researcher highlights a hot topic through an interactive poll question.  The newest “That’s Debatable!” topic  focuses on the timely issue of year-round schooling.  Convenient links to poll results and related articles are part of this  feature, located on the homepage of  SIRS Issues Researcher. 

The current poll, as well as archived poll questions, serve as a perfect starting point for users in search of  social issue research topics.   The poll vests users in the research process, while supporting critical thinking and information literacy requirements through editorially-selected targeted articles, primary source documents, websites, and multimedia  representing viewpoints from the pros and cons, to everything in-between. . 

-Tami Kirk