How to Counter Fake News? A Taxonomy of Anti-Fake News Approaches
European Journal of Risk Regulation, Issue 1, 2018
9 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2018 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018
Date Written: March 18, 2018
Fake news is a symptom of deeper structural problems in our societies and media environments. To counter it, policymakers need to take into account the underlying, self-reinforcing mechanisms that make this old phenomenon so pervasive today. Only by taking a step back can we examine the vulnerabilities these fake news narratives exploit. This article provides a first taxonomy of anti-fake news approaches. It argues that proposed anti-fake news laws focus on the trees rather than the forest. As such, they will not only remain irrelevant but also aggravate the root causes fueling the fake news phenomenon.
Keywords: Fake new, disinformation, misinformation, media, behavioural, better regulation, digital agenda
JEL Classification: K30, K32, K3
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