The real news on ‘fake news’: politicians use it to discredit media, and journalists need to fight back – Andrea Carson and Kate Farhall

18 10 2019

During the 2019 Australian general election, a news story about the Labor Party supporting a “death tax” – which turned out to be fake – gained traction on social media.  Now, Labor is urging a post-election committee to rule on whether digital platforms like Facebook are harming Australian democracy by allowing the spread of fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





Disinfo Wars: a taxonomy of information warfare – Hossein Derakhshan

29 09 2019

In the Information Disorder report for Council of Europe (2017), Claire Wardle and I identified three types of bad-information (mis-, dis-, and malinformation), three phases (creation, (re)production, distribution), and three elements (agent, message, interpreter) to information disorder. Read the rest of this entry »





Users (and their bias) are key to fighting fake news on Facebook: AI isn’t smart enough yet – Gianluca Demartini

24 09 2019

The information we encounter online everyday can be misleading, incomplete or fabricated. Being exposed to “fake news” on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can influence our thoughts and decisions. We’ve already seen misinformation interfere with elections in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »





Bad News: A Psychological ‘vaccine’ against fake news – Sander van der Linden and Jon Rozenbeek

7 09 2019

Journalists, politicians, academics, and governments all agree that the problem of news manipulation needs to be addressed, even if no one seems to be able to agree on what to call it. The terms ‘fake news’, ‘misinformation’, ‘disinformation’, and ‘propaganda’ are all used interchangeably. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Brzeziński v. Poland: Fine over ‘false’ information during election campaign violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh

16 08 2019

On 25 July 2019, the European Court of Human Rights delivered an important judgment in Brzeziński v. Poland, (available only in French) concerning a provision in Poland’s election law which allows a court, within 24 hours, to consider whether ‘untrue information’ has been published, and to issue an order prohibiting its further distribution. Read the rest of this entry »





Governments are making fake news a crime but it could stifle free speech – Alana Schetzer

21 07 2019

The rapid spread of fake news can influence millions of people, impacting elections and financial markets. A study on the impact of fake news on the 2016 US presidential election, for instance, has found that fake news stories about Hillary Clinton was “very strongly linked” to the defection of voters who supported Barack Obama in the previous election. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalism vs Churnalism: The push for “quality marks” in online news – Zoe McCallum

26 02 2019

Within a week of one another came two reports on the future of journalism in an age of big tech: The Cairncross Review (on 12 Feb) and The Commons DCMS Committee Final Report into Fake News and Disinformation (14 Feb – but with its excoriating criticism of Facebook, anything but a Valentine to Mark Zuckerberg). Read the rest of this entry »





DCMS final report: Disinformation and “fake news”, Some initial thoughts – Zoe McCallum

20 02 2019

The final report of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Disinformation and Fake News [pdf] was published on 18 February 2019. It is the product of an 18 month process – far in excess of the normal timeframe for Select Committee inquiries, involving 170 written submissions and 73 oral witnesses. Read the rest of this entry »





News: DCMS Committee publishes its final report, “Disinformation and ‘fake news'”

19 02 2019

The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its final report on “Disinformation and ‘fake news’” [pdf] after an inquiry lasting 18 months. Read the rest of this entry »





Why talking about ‘disinformation’ misses the point when considering radical right ‘alternative’ media – Julia Rone

9 01 2019

In light of the upcoming European Parliament elections, the European Commission published its Action Plan against Disinformation last month, aimed at protecting EU’s “democratic systems and public debates”. Read the rest of this entry »