Fake News in an Era of Social Media: Tracking Viral Contagion

Fake News in an Era of Social Media: Tracking Viral Contagion


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Over the last few years, social media has expanded to become a key platform for news dissemination and circulation, and a key orginator and propogator of 'fake news'.. Nations, governments, organisations and societies are now coming to terms with the unpredictable and debilitating consequences of fake news.

The propagation of news containing falsehoods has been linked to an increase in measles cases, surges in youth crimes, the spread of pseudo-science, compromised national security, and more. Some even perceive it as a global threat to democratic systems around the world. In this book, the authors examine factors influencing the spread of fake news, and suggest ways to combat it by exploring the key elements which enable and facilitate this phenomenon.

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ISBN-13: 9781786614216
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/29/2020
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.29(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Yasmin Ibrahim is Professor in International Business and Communication at Queen Mary University of London.

Dr Fadi Safieddine is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of East London.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Fake News - Anxieties and Neurosis in the Era of Social Media / 1: History of Fake News / 2: Fake News, Media, and the Fourth Estate / 3: Social and Political Image of Digital Fake News in the era of Social Media / 4: Case Study: Fake News and Threat to Brazilian's Health / 5: The Psychology of Fake News / 6: Modelling the Propagation of Fake News in Social Media / 7: Corporate Attempts to Combat Fake News / 8: Academic Research into Combating Fake News / 9: Variable Identification and Approaches to Validating Fake News / 10: Fake News, a Legal Perspective / 11: The Ethics of the Post-Truth Society: Where are we with this?

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