20 Jan Fake News – a problem of digital ages vs. possible solution approaches
The Center of Excellence for Police and Security Research at the Hochschule für den öffentlichen Dienst in Bayern prepared a report on Fake News and the related possible solution approaches.
Online fake news via manifold channels such as via WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok can be encountered. Therefore, it is important for governmental agencies to understand how fake news can be identified, how they are used and how to tackle them.
Definition: Manipulated or false news are called ‘fake news’. Untrue claims are deliberately made for financial, personal or political reasons. The aim is to deceive people. (Beisecker, Schlereth & Hein 2022).
Rumors and false reports have always existed – nowadays, however, such reports spread much faster and reach many more people due to the Internet. Fake news spreads primarily via social platforms (e.g. Twitter and Instagram) or messengers (such as WhatsApp and Telegram). However, video portals (e.g. YouTube) or conspiracy portals also play an important role (Beisecker, Schlereth & Hein 2022).
Fake News can be produced, read, shared and forwarded almost everywhere on the net.
You can find the complete report at the following link:
Author: Tobias Mattes