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XXIV.3 May + June 2017
Page: 24
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The medium is the fake news


Authors:
Jonathan Bean

  From a compromised U.S. presidential election [1] to a gun-wielding “self-investigation” of a non-existent child-trafficking ring, the impact of fake news is clear. Yet we have not paused to define exactly what fake news is, although attempts to control it have suddenly gained traction. Facebook, for example, has announced a number of measures aimed at fake news. These have been tested in the U.S. and will be rolled out in Germany, where strict laws against hate speech have put pressure on Facebook’s usual laissez-faire approach to content. Where and whether the policy will see wider adoption remains to be…




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