Why ‘fake news’ is such a problematic term – and what we can do about it

There’s been a growing call for people to stop using the term ‘fake news’ and replace it with something more suitable. While the rationale for this makes perfect sense, in practical terms things aren’t quite so simple. So what can we do to prevent the term itself doing as much damage as the phenomenon it […]

The stubborn persistence of ‘fake news’, or Why we’re stuck with the term for the time being

One of the notable recommendations from parliament’s investigation into ‘fake news’ was that the term itself should be retired. ‘“Fake news” is bandied around with no clear idea of what it means, or agreed definition’, they write, and so is no longer fit for purpose. Of course, it’s not the only word currently dominating political […]