Trustworthiness and truth: The epistemic pitfalls of internet accountability

Episteme 11 (1):63-81 (2014)

Karen Frost-Arnold
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Since anonymous agents can spread misinformation with impunity, many people advocate for greater accountability for internet speech. This paper provides a veritistic argument that accountability mechanisms can cause significant epistemic problems for internet encyclopedias and social media communities. I show that accountability mechanisms can undermine both the dissemination of true beliefs and the detection of error. Drawing on social psychology and behavioral economics, I suggest alternative mechanisms for increasing the trustworthiness of internet communication
Keywords Trustworthiness  Internet epistemology  Accountability  Wikipedia  Social media  Veritism  Social epistemology  Trust
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DOI 10.1017/epi.2013.43
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