Fake News: Origins and Political Impact

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Hammad, R. and Safieddine, F. 2020. Fake News: Origins and Political Impact. in: Ibrahim, Y. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Internet Activism and Political Participation IGI Global. pp. 103-121
AuthorsHammad, R. and Safieddine, F.
EditorsIbrahim, Y.
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This chapter examines the buzzword “Fake News.” In recent years, politicians, media, and members of the public have used and misused the term, fake news, in a variety of contexts. This chapter focuses on the impact of fake news as it is linked to political participation through internet activism. An essential part of understanding what constitutes fake news is to appreciate the different characteristics and labels—Alternative Truth, Post Truth, Propaganda, Satire, and more—which leads readers vulnerable to the impact of fake news on a platform that requires little accountability for the facts or the harm it inflicts. The barriers to presenting a journalistic outlet as nothing less than a reputable news agency are only a few clicks away. In an era dominated by social media platforms, there is evidence that these networks inadvertently facilitated the propagation of fake news and their clickbait-driven profits.

Book titleHandbook of Research on Recent Developments in Internet Activism and Political Participation
Page range103-121
Year2020
PublisherIGI Global
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-4796-0.ch007
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