Yes, fake news should be censored considering the violence it has inspired. Social media platforms such as Facebook, and other news outlets, should be responsible for finding and eradicating fake news stories. These stories have a terrifying potential to inspire violence in people, and they should be kept from public view.
Fake news should be censored. Throughout the election and various other events in 2016, many fake news articles circled on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. These articles are harmful to uneducated readers and only halt progression. They take away from the quality of true news articles. It would be difficult to find a way to censor fake news articles, but it should be done. It would also be helpful to inform the general public tips on how to determine if a news article is real or fake news.
Censorship is not the answer to fake news. Fake news is nothing new. The internet is just its latest platform. More importantly, the reason a person takes a gun into an establishment following reading fake news has more to do with him and his mental wellness than it does with a fake news website.
It is not the fault of the person that wrote the fake news. They were not telling people to take up arms or hurt other people. Instead, the person who took the gun should have paid more attention to know that the website was fake. He should be punished for causing a disturbance.