We should hold ourselves responsible for “fake news”

I have a new article at the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy on the ethics of fake news:

In our Orwellian mediaverse, where doublespeak masquerades as hashtags and trending topics, #FakeNews provides good content fodder and the occasional straw man, but the term also muddles the truth that it’s nothing more than propaganda with a Google AdWords account. Intentional or not, obfuscating the specter of propaganda through these doublespeak strategies distracts from the ethical implications of “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” (That’s a dictionary definition of propaganda, by the way).

Read the full piece here.


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