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Noah Berger / AP

Experts are evenly split over whether the problem of fake news will get better or worse in the future, according to a new Pew Research survey of more than 1,100 experts. One thing they tend to agree on: investing in good journalism and teaching the public how to decipher false information is an important part of overcoming the problem.

Why it matters: "There's a sense that there's an arms race between the good and bad in this situation," Lee Raine, one of the lead researchers, told Axios. He pointed out that those who believe that human nature tends to be evil were more skeptical of technology and humans overcoming fake news, while those who are more optimistic about human nature saw technology as a means for enabling the good of humanity.

There were 5 major themes among the answers Pew Research received:

  1. Human beings will always find ways to use technology for their own malicious agendas.
  2. New technology will just present its own, new problems that will have to be resolved and won't solve the fake news dilemma.
  3. Technology will help label, filter or ban fake news, which will alert the public to the danger.
  4. Humans have always rallied to find a solution to problems like this, and they will again.
  5. We need good journalism to be prioritized.

Read quotes from the experts in the full report, here.

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