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March 12, 2024

Should governments regulate fake news online?




Total votes: 7

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  1. Ruba Al-baddawi
    90

    The question is what is the definition of “fake news” and how regulating them won’t be a form of suppression

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    1. FearlessHusky1
      110

      I feel like the term “fake news” is pretty straightforward. For me it is simply a piece of news with false information usually presented as click-bait.
      There are multiple fact checking websites and
      …Read MoreI feel like the term “fake news” is pretty straightforward. For me it is simply a piece of news with false information usually presented as click-bait.
      There are multiple fact checking websites and social media accounts that tackle this issue and I think that helps a lot, specially around elections season. However, I believe that people and institutions that create these fake news should be held accountable because promoting misinformation is electoral intervention and an attack on democracy. If people are not informed, then they cannot make a true choice.
      Although I see your point, that too much control on the government’s part can also be a threat, in which the gov. claims anything pro-opposition is “fake news”.
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      1. Ruba Al-baddawi
        90

        Yeah, I agree with you

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  2. GraciousElephant5
    104

    The government should definitely control the spread of Fake News online because they are very negative for democracy.

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  3. CuriousLion4
    10

    The government should restrict fake news online because of the negative outcomes of such news if it does linger. Not everyone has media literacy skills and may fall victim to the fake news they see. …Read MoreThe government should restrict fake news online because of the negative outcomes of such news if it does linger. Not everyone has media literacy skills and may fall victim to the fake news they see. They may even share it with others, further portraying it as true news. Deep fakes and AI generated-softwares can be very dangerous and create more distrust in society, which can create a bigger challenge for the government. Limiting the spread of fake news can become a small step to achieving a greater more informed society. Read Less

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  4. CuriousPanda2
    97.5

    I believe there should definitely be mechanisms in place that monitor the amount of fake news being published, but I am unsure if this responsibility should fall on the federal government as opposed …Read MoreI believe there should definitely be mechanisms in place that monitor the amount of fake news being published, but I am unsure if this responsibility should fall on the federal government as opposed to independent companies. It may get tricky in attempting to determine what constitutes “fake news” versus a controversial opinion attempting to be blacklisted. This could also lead to a multitude of issues surrounding free speech and the First Amendment. I think the government does have a responsibility in ensuring that fake news is not posted that threatens national security or a specific individual or group. Read Less

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  5. CheerfulMagpie
    114

    I believe that there are both positives and negatives of the government beginning to regulate fake news online. These lies can be detrimental to democracy; however, it is also important to understand …Read MoreI believe that there are both positives and negatives of the government beginning to regulate fake news online. These lies can be detrimental to democracy; however, it is also important to understand the potential for misuse. What would count as fake news and who would determine whether or not to ban or limit these stories? These are important questions. I am also unsure about whether it should be the government’s responsibility. Personally, I feel that a more sensible and practical solution would be to have the news organization themselves determine certain standards about regulation. Or it could be set up by a non-profit or the sector could set up an independent watchdog. Read Less

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