Countering Fake News

We must wake up before it gets too late: A case study from Hungary

31 May 2019

A recent Hungarian experiment attempted to demonstrate how easy it is to spreading fake news and thus highlighted the importance of taking countermeasures on regional, national and international levels.

The changing media landscape poses significant challenges to our democracies. Currently, we live in a world where we are experiencing an unprecedented growth in the number of online media outlets, and as a result news consumption habits have fundamentally changed. On the one hand, the news cycle has become 24/7, and on the other, social media has blurred the line between truth, facts and fake or distorted news.

In addition, quality controls that functioned in the traditional media structure (e.g.: editorial boards) have become obsolete in the online world.

But what can we do with fake news and disinformation?

On the supply side there exist some – mostly weak – declarations made by Facebook that see the introduction of quality controls on the content appearing on their platforms; however, these proposals seem to be lacking real commitment and power. There is also some discussion occurring with regards to how states could potentially rein in and further control social media giants, but actual measures are very far from being implemented.

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Lóránt Győri

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