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Online media literacy—the ability to distinguish accurate from inaccurate information on the Internet—is a highly fraught and complex topic. Preventing the propagation of outright lies may be a broadly agreed-upon goal, but who decides whatas the hoax and scam sites that abound on today’s Internet.

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