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A Roadmap to Tackle ‘Fake News’

7 March 2018
A Roadmap to Tackle ‘Fake News’

Fifteen MA students from the Department of War Studies have collaborated with NATO to publish the first definitive study of ‘fake news’.

Their book, Fake News: A Roadmap, suggests that although ‘fake news’ is not new, rising populism means that it now has greater power to manipulate and deceive.

Jente Althuis, War Studies, explains, ‘Fake news is a very highly discussed topic at the moment, which is becoming increasingly problematic in today’s society.’

Fake news’ is the dissemination of false information, via media channels. This can be intentional, to mislead or deceive the audience. It can also be the result of an honest mistake or negligence.

Jente Althuis, War Studies, explains, ‘Fake news is a very highly discussed topic at the moment, which is becoming increasingly problematic in today’s society.’

Students studying strategic communications at King’s have now written an analysis that aims to inject clarity into the confusion that ‘Fake News’ causes and look at how this affects politics today.

They suggest that citizens face a greater variety of, sometimes contradictory, information, across a wider range of media. News outlets face pressure to post stories quickly, increasing the risk of accidental false information and those purposefully spreading ‘fake news’ take advantage of growing scepticism towards academia, journalism and science.

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They conclude that, rather than ‘telling people what to think’, democratic governments should regulate to control the spread of false information. The media may also need to begin actively justifying their credibility and trustworthiness rather than relying on a tradition of legitimacy and authority that they once held.

Fundamentally, countering fake news must involve many parts of society.

See the book’s editors discussing the process of producing the book:

‘Fake News: A Roadmap’ has been published by the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications and the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.

For information about studying Strategic Communications at King’s, visit the website.

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