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Fake news: public policy responses

Tambini, Damian (2017) Fake news: public policy responses. LSE Media Policy Project Series, Tambini, Damian and Goodman, Emma (eds.) Media Policy Brief 20. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

An apparent proliferation of inaccurate and misleading news stories has led to calls for new policy interventions, from fact checking by social media companies to new laws imposing fines for posting or sharing fake news. This raises some difficult issues in media policy. Is this a new problem? Is so called ‘fake news’ distinct from longstanding problems with accuracy or objectivity in journalism? Is the controversy rather a response to the scale of current political changes, and their impact on various interested parties? Are there fundamental changes going on in our Western media systems which undermine traditional journalistic crafts of fact checking and verification, and incentivise more emotionally resonant content, at the expense of quality, reliable journalism?

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/policy-b...
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY-NC 4.0
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > London Multimedia Lab for Audiovisual Composition and Communication
Research centres and groups > POLIS
Identification Number: Media Policy Brief 20
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 13:47
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 13:47
Projects: LSE Media Policy Project
Funders: Open Society Foundattion
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/73015

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