Alternative facts challenge journalists to rethink role

20.05.2017 - Deutsche Welle

Alternative facts challenge journalists to rethink role
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From targeted propaganda to fake news, the media industry has struggled to meet the challenges of false information on the internet. But some journalists warn that facts may not be enough. Over the past year, false news has vigorously spread across social media platforms. In some instances, national authorities have even accused state actors of weaponizing disinformation in a bid to undermine democratic processes. “Whether the content is fake or not, there is no clear dividing line between fake news and bad journalism,” said Edward Lucas, a senior editor at the British news magazine The Economist. Speaking on a panel covering fake news and propaganda at the International Press Institute … Read more

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