Pew: Majority of US says fake news is creating confusion

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A new survey from the Pew Research Center has found that two-thirds of U.S. adults say fake news stories are causing confusion about the basic facts of current events.

Fake political stories have drawn outsized attention recently because of the possibility that they influenced public perceptions and could have swayed the U.S. presidential election. Separately on Thursday, Facebook announced that it's taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its social network.

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Nearly a third of respondents in the Pew survey said they "often" see made-up political news stories online. Less than a half said they were "very confident" that they could spot fabricated news. Another 45 percent was "somewhat" confident.

The Pew survey was conducted Dec. 1-4 among 1,002 U.S. adults