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[liberationtech] [Air-L] Fake News

Fabio Giglietto fabio.giglietto at uniurb.it
Fri Dec 9 03:51:42 PST 2016


It's not about the influence of "fake news" on the election outcome, but we
recently made available a working paper on this topic.

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Fakes, News and the Election: A New Taxonomy for the Study of Misleading
Information within the Hybrid Media System

Abstract:
The widely unexpected outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election prompted
a broad debate on the role played by “fake-news” circulating on social
media during political campaigns. Despite a relatively vast amount of
existing literature on the topic, a general lack of conceptual coherence
and a rapidly changing news eco-system hinder the development of effective
strategies to tackle the issue. Leveraging on four strands of research in
the existing scholarship, the paper introduces a radically new model aimed
at describing the process through which misleading information spreads
within the hybrid media system in the post-truth era. The application of
the model results in four different typologies of propagations. These
typologies are used to describe real cases of misleading information from
the 2016 US Presidential election. The paper discusses the contribution and
implication of the model in tackling the issue of misleading information on
a theoretical, empirical, and practical level.

Keywords: misinformation, disinformation, hybrid news system, news-making,
elections

Giglietto, Fabio and Iannelli, Laura and Rossi, Luca and Valeriani,
Augusto, Fakes, News and the Election: A New Taxonomy for the Study of
Misleading Information within the Hybrid Media System (November 30, 2016).
Convegno AssoComPol 2016 (Urbino, 15-17 Dicembre 2016), Forthcoming.
Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2878774

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I tend to avoid pointing to my own work, but I've made an exception in this
case due to the high interest in the topic and the debate tending to
shifting toward the need of more precise concepts and definitions.

Best regards, Fabio Giglietto

On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM MC Cambre <mcambre at ualberta.ca> wrote:

I love this thread. I have been collecting all the 'fake news' style
announcements that I come across but I have not seen any academic work yet.
cc


On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>
wrote:

> Anyone know of any academic studies showing that fake (social media) news
> influenced the 2016 presidential election outcome?
>
> Thanks,
> Yosem
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*Carolina Cambre PhD Assistant Professor Concordia University, Montreal
Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research Fellow Affiliate of
Concordia University - Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
http://storytelling.concordia.ca/content/cambre-carolina
<http://storytelling.concordia.ca/content/cambre-carolina> Book:
http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-semiotics-of-che-guevara-9781472505293/
<http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-semiotics-of-che-guevara-9781472505293/>*
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