The poisoned public debate and the limits of state regulation: for a digital literacy against the fake news

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Lucas Vianna
Matheus T. Carvalho Mendonça


In addition to the deliberate efforts to distort or misinform, the unintentional errors detected by thepublic —and the suspicion that there may be others not identified— have reinforced a skeptical stanceamong the public about the alleged veracity of the news. In the era of the so-called post-truth, it isno exaggeration to say that the main concern of the social sciences after the public debate has beencompletely hampered by the spread of false news and the supposed beginning of the collapse of liberaldemocracies, has been a collective sensation of shock, indignation. and despair at the increased prevalenceof false news. This paper focuses on the phenomenon of fake news, its effects in the context ofpolitical disputes and regulatory frameworks as an alleged solution. It is intended to demonstrate thatdigital literacy appears as the most adequate solution to mitigate this problem, without affecting freedomof expression in the public discursive sphere.
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