Questions tagged [fake-news]

The intentional generation and spread of information about current events that is knowingly false.

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Do any jurisdictions seriously consider reclassifying social media websites as publishers?

The US Communications Decency Act of 1996 was the first attempt to regulate pornography on the internet. Moreover, section 230 of the act has been used by internet companies to avoid being ...
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European news sources similar to The Guardian? [closed]

I've struggled to find press I can somewhat rely on. In the UK, I found if you accept any news source, you are most likely first to bump into a right-wing paper, most of which I find contemptible. ...
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Can “Fake News” impact an election and did it affect people in the 2016 US Election? [closed]

Can "Fake News" be used as a propaganda tool to strategically impact an elections outcome? Is it proven to change peoples mind regarding what they're voting for?
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Fake News: How can a government of and by the people address the problem? [closed]

The Washington Post today published an article titled ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America [no paywall.] The article lays out examples of how our media (social or ...
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What is the vetting process for source materials for an investigative report or book?

Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House is dominating the news this week. Woodward always seems to get an immense amount of inside access to administration officials, and he is a ...
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Numerical estimates of the effect of fake news on the outcome of elections?

I found a fascinating study, (Social Media, Sentiment and Public Opinions: Evidence from #Brexit and #USElection by Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Tho Pham, Oleksandr Talavera, 2018), which gave numerical ...
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Did the Obama Administration have an official National Security Strategy?

This Fox News opinion piece is largely centered around the following quote: "it had been over a decade since we’ve had an official National Security Strategy to guide policy and spending priorities....
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Has there been any attempt to prevent false information from spreading? (legal fact check)

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, said during his new year press conference he would soon propose laws preventing false information from spreading on the web ("fausses nouvelles", more or less ...
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How does Russia’s fake news benefit them?

An article I saw on BBC News this morning was showing a clip where Theresa May accused Russia of creating fake news and photoshopped images during the United Kingdom general election last year. How ...
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Can the POTUS take away licenses from news networks?

Donald Trump has recently indicated a willingness to challenge the licenses of "NBC and the Networks". Does he actually have any power to do so himself? If not, can he reasonably influence others who ...
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Supposed “Russia-linked” political ads placed on Facebook - are there examples?

It has recently been alleged that the "Russia-linked" accounts spent 50,000-150,000 USD on some kind of "politically divisive ads" on Facebook before or around the US presidential elections in ...
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Why did Sean Spicer talk about Donald Trump's bath robe?

This keeps coming back, in satirical content, in retrospectives of the Trump presidency, and I'm just not sure what the context is. https://youtu.be/4o205i3BOI8?t=14s This interview was recorded ...
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Why won't Donald Trump do something about “fake news”?

Donald Trump continues to smash fake news on rallies and speeches, meanwhile news (whether fake or not, you can decide yourself) are slamming the president with one story after another. I personally ...
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Why is President Trump making such a big deal about fake news, and specifically targeting reputable organizations like The New York Times and CNN?

The Trump administration has been targeting reputable news organizations like The Times and CNN, calling them "fake news". What is this administration trying to accomplish here?
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Who was the reporter to whom Donald Trump said “You're fake news”?

In today's press conference while Donald Trump was taking questions he told one reporter; “No, not you, your organization is terrible. Quiet. Quiet,” he said. As the reporter continued trying to ...