A sudden diplomatic crisis is escalating between the United States and Turkey. Last night, the two countries announced travel restrictions in a "tit for tat," the result of which is no more visitor visas. It's an about face for an American ally in the region. Kareem Fahim, Middle East correspondent for the Washington Post, has more on the causes of the deteriorating alliance and how it could impact future relations.
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By now we're all familiar with how deliberately wrong information can dominate social media and online searches -- when it comes to politics. But even after such tragedies as the recent hurricanes and the Las Vegas mass shooting, conspiracy theories have spread like wildfire. About 45 percent of Americans use Facebook as a primary news source or conduit. Yet, it doesn't have a traditional media operational structure -- newsrooms, fact-checkers in the traditional sense. And that's adding urgency to the question of how we can separate real news from fake. Guest host Jamil Smith asks, are Google, Facebook, and other tech companies doing enough to stop it? What about readers?
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