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Will social media shift after the election?

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Nearly 1.8 billion people use Facebook each month. It’s become a go-to news source, and that’s had a big impact. In fact, some suggest that social media companies, including Facebook, impacted the presidential election by encouraging fake news and polarizing political views.

Mark Glaser pays attention to those kinds of things. He’s the founder and executive director of MediaShift, which examines how media changes in response to a changing world. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Mark and asked what it means for Facebook to be the news curator for hundreds of millions of people.

GLASER: If users tend to start looking at Facebook as a cesspool of bad information, they're going to look elsewhere.

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview.

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Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.