No, it is not remotely why any of this is happening.
We are having a conversation about "fake news" because a small cadre of politicos were emotionally invested in their team winning. And they cannot accept that they lost. So they are insisting that it had to be some sort of dirty trick. Like "Fake News!"
But what made them think of "fake news" as a thing to be fought? It didn't exist a couple of months ago, and suddenly it is the greatest threat to democracy, ever. Perhaps there is a bit of projection operating here?
So... Glenn Greenwald ( the reporter who brought you Edward Snowden) has a nice piece about how team Clinton manufactured fake news to discredit Wikileaks.
So the actual story that we have where fake news was used to impact the election is about a Clinton disinformation campaign, willingly assisted by MSNBC. But somehow this means that we need to suppress stories from conservative websites like Breitbart.
For those of you who are lacking a context for threats to free speech, this sort of thing has been the Democrat's dream for at least 40 years. They keep trying to bring back the "fairness doctrine" so they can get people like Rush Limbaugh off the air - or at least force stations to put on their guy for the same number of hours.
So now they have a new angle. But the result is always the same. "We need to make sure that our political enemies are not allowed to speak to 'the people', because they are dangerous and evil"
All of you who are cheerleading this sort of effort should be ashamed of yourselves. There is nobody on Slashdot who is so stupid and so devoid of knowledge of the importance of free speech that they don't know better than this. This used to be a place where suggesting a proprietary protocol for network traffic was considered a flagrant violation of our freedoms. And now we have people openly advocating for the suppression of online speech that they disagree with. On Slashdot.
Good lord, people..... this isn't The Daily Kos or The Daily Beast. This is Slashdot. "Information wants to be free" has been our mantra forever. Now because the other team elected a guy you can't stomach, you want to toss out everything you believe in? Just in the name of political power?
Go find your 1997 self and ask him what he thinks about your online censorship scheme. I really, really doubt he'd be all in on the plan just because you hang a "not the government" fig leaf on it.