Fakebook: why Facebook makes the fake news problem inevitable

Bernal, Paul (2018) Fakebook: why Facebook makes the fake news problem inevitable. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 69 (4). pp. 513-530. ISSN 0029-3105

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The current ‘fake news’ phenomenon is a modern manifestation of something that has existed throughout history. The difference between what happens now and what has happened before is driven by the nature of the internet and social media – and Facebook in particular. Three key strands of Facebook’s business model – invading privacy to profile individuals, analysing mass data to profile groups, then algorithmically curating content and targeting individuals and groups for advertising – create a perfect environment for fake news. Proposals to ‘deal’ with fake news either focus on symptoms or embed us further in the algorithms that create the problem. Whilst we embrace social media, particularly as a route to news, there is little that can be done to reduce the impact of fake news and misinformation. The question is whether the benefits to freedom of expression that social media brings mean that this is a price worth paying.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fake news,facebook,social media,internet,privacy,freedom of expression,law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3308
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Media, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 23:57
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69163


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