In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that circulated during the final months of the presidential race is coming to light, a disturbing revelation that threatens to undermine the country’s democratic process. We’re already seeing some real-world consequences. After fake news stories implicated a Washington, D.C. pizza shop as the site of a Clinton-coordinated child sex ring, a man wielding an AR-15 assault rifle entered the store on Dec. 4 to “investigate” and fired shots.

Much of the analysis, however, has focused on the people who create these false articles – whether it’s teenagers in Macedonia or satirical news sites – and what Facebook and Google can do to prevent its dissemination.

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