Our relatively brief national nightmare of the new Transformers movie being three hours long is over. It’s a small but curious story, yielding little more than a detail in terms of intel on Michael Bay’s latest film, but more telling with regards to how information is generated and spread online today.

Transformers: The Last Knight 
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First things first: Thank God.

But the ease with which this #fakenews was circulated still gives me pause. Information formally presented by Google — not even via a web site found through a search, but by the engine itself — ought to be trustworthy, and the source of this misinformation still hasn’t been identified. Google has become the single most popular channel through which your average American gets knowledge, and whether that’s how long the alien robots will fight or something slightly more important, it’s crucial that the information be held to a standard of verification.