Education, people are more susceptible to fake news due to a lack of critical thinking skills
The fact that fake news and online hysteria have become such big issues demonstrates the wide scale failings of education systems in many countries around the world. The lack of critical thinking skills in the general population is such that many people believe what they read regardless of the source. In a 1993 experiment, psychologist Daniel Gilbert found that upon understanding what we read we have the tendency to automatically believe it, until critical thinking helps analyse it afterwards.
As media has evolved in the age of the internet, so too will the education system to accommodate this new medium of learning and communication. With this change legislators need to place critical thinking skills high in the objectives of modern education. Not only to deal with fake news but to facilitate the innovation needed to deal with the many complex problems addressing this modern era. Critical thinking skills and fact corroboration techniques need to be instilled in the general population of every country, it is the only way to beat fake news.