Researchers have conducted the first large-scale measurement of how mainstream and alternative news flows through multiple social media platforms. Based on their findings it appears that Reddit and 4chan serve as an incubation chamber for a lot of information. It just goes to show how ingrained social media is becoming in our society. We have three totally different media platforms influencing each other and influencing the users of all three platforms. However, just because something is alternative news doesn't mean it's not true. We have to be very careful with how we handle this going forward. You can read the paper here. After analyzing millions of posts containing mainstream and alternative news shared on Twitter, Reddit and 4chan, Jeremy Blackburn, Ph.D., and collaborators found that alt-right communities within 4chan, an image-based discussion forum where users are anonymous, and Reddit, a social news aggregator where users vote up or down on posts, have a surprisingly large influence on Twitter.