"Fake News"

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(propaganda)
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"Fake news website" is a meme started after the 2016 US election, to disparage websites that dissent from the opinions expressed by commercially-controlled media.

The term "Fake news website", like the term "conspiracy theory", is a label used to try to discredit websites. It was introduced in November 2016, and subsequently linked to discussion of internet censorship. When the Venezuelan government banned CNN from their country in 2017, they charged CNN with "fake news" production.[1]

Official narrative

On 15 November 2016, one week after the 2016 US presidential election, Wikipedia User:jfhutson started a page entitled "Fake news website".[2] Many commercially-controlled media outlets also started to echo the idea that the internet was full or Russian propaganda, and that this had influenced the outcome of the election. They have lead to calls that information on the internet should be checked for validity by expert "fact checkers", to avoid misleading people.

Problems

Who will fact check the fact checkers?... Apparently, dissent from the establishment's self-styled "fact checkers" will not be tolerated. The "fake news" meme appears to be being used by corporate media to try to discredit any sources who express dissenting opinions. Global Research, targeted as a "fake news" outlet, made the counterclaim that the New York Times was the "world leader in proliferating fake news".[3]

On December 29, 2016, Glen Greenwald accused The Guardian of "recklessly attribut[ing] to Assange comments that he did not make" that "those who most flamboyantly denounce Fake News, and want Facebook and other tech giants to suppress content in the name of combating it, are often the most aggressive and self-serving perpetrators of it."[4]

Deep political significance

Wikispooks was included on Propornot's list of 200 Russian propaganda outlets cited by a Washington Post article published under the name of journalist Craig Timberg. The article uncritically echoed the claims of this anonymous group, which stated on its website that it was "an independent team of concerned American citizens". It was widely criticised online,[5] prompting not a retraction, but the addition of a disclaimer by the Washington Post.[6]

Legal Significance

On 8 December 2016, Barack Obama signed the NDAA 2017 into law, which purported to legalize broad internet censorship. 21st Century Wire summarized the act by stating that “long before “fake news” became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label “fake news".”[7]

Social media

While the BBC admits that "fake news" includes war propaganda created by MI7 a century ago[8], it continues to report as if the problem is a recent one, or at least, one that recently became acute. In January 2017, for example, an article asserted that "deliberate lies [have] been energised by the viral power of social media".[9]

Research

Research is ongoing into strategies to "vaccinate" people against "Fake News".[10]

Artificial Intelligence

Some computer scientists hoped that AI would be able to detect and automatically flag up "Fake News", though the problem is proving harder than initially suspected.[11]

Responses

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On Fenruary 14, 2017, 21st Century Wire, a website targeted as a "fake news website", launched "Fake News Week" to try to highlight the deliberate lies told by commercially-controlled media.[12]  

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