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

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Why is Reuters considered as an independent and unbiased political news source?

Reuters is very often used and quoted in parliamentary hearings, google updates and different news outlets. Many people say that this is because of the "independent " nature of reporting of ...
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How to Look for Evidence Supporting/Rejecting the Claims in a News Article? [closed]

In most documents that give instructions on how to discern facts from misinformation, they highlight the importance of looking for evidence in reliable and balanced references that support/reject ...
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Does Romania or any other EU country have a criminal law that punishes originating or spreading false information?

It's been said on Euronews that A misleading Facebook video had suggested that there were no patients at a temporary hospital in the northeastern city of Piatra-Neamț. Officials at the health centre ...
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Is there a distinction between fake news and dissent?

I have become increasingly concerned about the idea of "fake news". While I have little sympathy for professional crapmongers who laugh all the way to the bank with their expertly tangled ...
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Is there anything that prevents popular opinion from becoming fact as it's written in history? [closed]

I've seen over the last few years, members of congress and others, using news articles as sources of factual information in official testimonies. Additionally, news organizations regularly repeat ...
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Any mechanism in the US to decide what is conspiracy theory, and what is not? [closed]

It is obviously important to divide truth from conspiracy theories. Truth is good, and conspiracy theories are bad and disturbing. But how would common citizen know what is good, and what is bad? For ...
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How can a non-US resident best follow US politics in a balanced well reported manner? [closed]

I hope this is a valid question for this SE. At the heart of politics must be reporting of the political process, and in every country of whatever system, the reporting of politics is seen as very ...
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Have fake-news regulations in the Western world lead to the backfire effect?

To my knowledge, anti-fake news laws being implemented in France, Germany and Singapore in the Western world. Many studies like this one mention the psychological studies which acknowledge the ...
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Does Facebook have a program that regularly checks their employees' (especially their content moderator teams) political involvements?

Recently, here in the Philippines, there's news that Facebook took down an account/group/page of an organization named "Hands Off Our Children". This is an organization that fights for ...
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Is it illegal for candidates to pay a journalist to publish fake news?

Say candidate A and candidate B both want to be elected president. Then candidate A pays a journalist to publish an invented story about candidate B. For example where candidate B killed a cat. Then ...
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Listing of lawsuits against Fox News and CNN? [closed]

Is there a source that lists lawsuits against Fox News and CNN (and perhaps other news media)? It would be useful if the results could be limited by date range, and could exclude internal matters ...
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Has any recent boycott against a media due to fake news channel succeeded?

In 2017 Romania was full of anti-corruption protests and some media channels have been far from journalism deontology when reporting these protests (example: dogs paid by Soros to protest). Some ...
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Are major American news organizations in fact self-proclaimed as being left- or right-wing...or is determining that just relegated to public opinion?

If I say a news organization leans left or right, am I the one who's biased or are these news organizations in fact biased? There should be a factual, documented answer to my question--but if the ...
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Are there any successful decentralised approaches to combating fake news?

There seem to be centralised approaches to combating fake news, such as Youtube suppressing fake news about coronavirus. Are there any decentralised approaches though? When most people share a news ...
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How common is it for the UK Government to publish official rebuttals of media claims?

Today, the Cabinet Office published a press release entitled Response to FT article and Twitter thread by Peter Foster. It begins: An article in FT Weekend on 18 April 2020, ‘Muddled thinking ...
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Is there a standardised way to check fake news?

So many fact check reporters are out there. Most of them are biased. Worse, some themselves post fake news (Like Altnews.in; interestingly, they are IFCN qualified). Is there a standardized way to ...
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Sources for typed political debates

I generally feel like oral debates tend to lack nuance, be unconcise, and even worse, allow for many half-facts without proper sources. Typed, email-like debates where experts can go back and forth ...
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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 ...
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