Wisdom of the Crowd: Multistakeholder Perspectives on the Fake News Debate

Internet Policy Review series, Annenberg School of Communication (2018)

24 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2018  

Vidushi Marda

Article 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression

Stefania Milan

University of Amsterdam

Date Written: May 24, 2018

Abstract

Social media platforms are increasingly accused of shaping public debate and engineering people’s behavior in ways that might undermine the democratic process. In order to vitalize a much-needed multistakeholder dialogue on corrective measures against the spread of false information, this project has undertaken a truncated multistakeholder consultation, addressing experts from academia, civil society, governments and the industry to assess diverging perspectives on institutional proposals, legislative responses, and self- regulation resolutions that have sprung up around the world. It also asks what new challenges platform moderation and related “fake news” issues pose to what might be called the “procedural fitness” of the current multistakeholder internet governance system. Finally, it suggests recommendations for architectural changes that could promote constructive and inclusive debate on the topic.

Keywords: fake news, misinformation, social media, platforms, online content regulation, internet governance, multistakeholder governance, procedural fitness, Terms of Services, chilling effects, censorship, digital literacy, media literacy, civil society

Suggested Citation

Marda, Vidushi and Milan, Stefania, Wisdom of the Crowd: Multistakeholder Perspectives on the Fake News Debate (May 24, 2018). Internet Policy Review series, Annenberg School of Communication (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3184458

Vidushi Marda

Article 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression ( email )

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Stefania Milan (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Department of Media Studies
Turfdraagsterpad 9
Amsterdam, 1012 XT
Netherlands

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