Perception is reality. For us internet-dwellers, our reality is shaped by the big internet companies, Google, Facebook, Twitter ... this is how many of us get our news.
The problems with social media news have become a hot topic around 2016's presidential election season, but in my opinion, a bigger problem exists. It's well known that tabloid clickbait blows up on social sites, but when you go to validate that information, you go to search engines.
This is where it gets spooky. Search engines are supposed to aid the fact-checkers of the internet, helping find the most relevant and truthful information.