THE CHALLENGE of determining the credibility of online news has gotten a lot harder. Russia's invasion of Ukraine, unfolding in real time on traditional and social media, has demonstrated that anyone can be misled.
A media professor publicly put himself in the penalty box after retweeting a pair of out-of-context photos on Ukraine, as well as a false report on Russia's progress into Kyiv.
If bogus reports can fool someone who understands – and teaches – the ways of social-media platforms, is there any hope for the rest of us?
— The Wall Street Journal