I stumbled across this article in my inbox this morning and it indirectly raises an interesting question: could / should fake news be a crime?
In the wake of the last US presidential election, a substantial sum – about a quarter of a million dollars – was spent on Twitter advertisements by Russian-linked accounts. This has helped to propagate certain propaganda, a practice termed newsjacking.
Yes, there is a right to free speech and in theory, adults are responsible enough to differentiate between trustworthy and untrustworthy news sources before making decisions based on their content. But with people turning increasingly to social media and user-generated content for 'authentic news' in close to real time, the number of adults who start to believe 'alternate' news has grown at an alarming rate.
This triggers some questions in my mind:
– Is newsjacking a new weapon which would constitute an attack in international cyberwarfare?
– What other groups and countries might employ newsjacking on a large scale, and to what ends?
– What is the potential impact of newsjacking on national security and on cultural values?
– Should regulation be a necessary next step to limit the influence any particular organization or opinion may generate through newsjacking practices?
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