Wrong on the Internet: Why some common prescriptions for addressing the spread of misinformation online don’t work

Communique 105:22-27 (2022)
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Abstract

Leading prescriptions for addressing the spread of fake news, misinformation, and other forms of epistemically toxic content online target either the platform or platform users as a single site for intervention. Neither approach attends to the intense feedback between people, posts, and platforms. Leading prescriptions boil down to the suggestion that we make social media more like traditional media, whether by making platforms take active roles as gatekeepers, or by exhorting individuals to behave more like media professionals. Both approaches are impracticable and wrong.

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