How to Counter Fake News? A Taxonomy of Anti-Fake News Approaches

European Journal of Risk Regulation, Issue 1, 2018

HEC Paris Research Paper No. LAW-2018-1257

9 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2018 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018

Date Written: March 18, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Alemanno, Alberto, How to Counter Fake News? A Taxonomy of Anti-Fake News Approaches (March 18, 2018). European Journal of Risk Regulation, Issue 1, 2018; HEC Paris Research Paper No. LAW-2018-1257. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3143147

Alberto Alemanno (Contact Author)

HEC Paris - Tax & Law ( email )

1 rue de la Libération
Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, 78351
France

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