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Don't click on this -- it's a fake story! (The 3:59, Ep. 141)

We talk about the trend of bogus articles on Facebook and Google as well as Twitter trolls and Amazon counterfeits.

You really can't trust anyone on the internet.

Facebook's already dealing with controversy around hoax stories, and now Google is in the same pot of hot water. A search for election results brought up a story about Donald Trump winning the popular vote (he didn't). Between Google and Facebook, one has to question whether we can believe anything on the internet.

There are no easy answers to such a complex dilemma, which is why we try to tackle the issue in less than 2 minutes.

We also look at how Twitter is dealing with another tough issue: the epidemic of trolls ruining things for everyone; and how Amazon is cracking down on counterfeit goods and fake reviews.

We do a lot of venting on today's episode.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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Don't click on this... it's a fake story! (The 3:59, Ep. 141)


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