Anatomy of Fake News
THE ANATOMY OF FAKE NEWS
How to Understand and Combat Misinformation?
The term Fake News has for better part of the last couple of years become a by-word for propaganda, electoral manipulation and a key cog of alt-right political tactics across the world (Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump to name two). In this dangerous regime of misinformation when the possibilities of democratic processes being undermined are at an all-time high, fake news needs to be examined in the context of boosting electoral prospects, besmirching opponents and suppressing online expressions of dissent.
This article seeks to track the evolution of this term, the matrix of rights and responsibilities of and if possible, any remedies to tackle this issue.