Criticisms Of Fake News

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Fake news is a type of journalism or propaganda that is created to influence one’s political views. It is often presented as real news and broadcasted through the internet or social networking cites. The issue of fake news has been heightened within society since the rise of technological advantages, such as the Internet and social networking services. One particular fake news publication, The Washington Post’s Craig Timberg, created controversy in the 2016 presidential election claiming that Donald Trump received numerous support from Russian propaganda, which may have misled voters and in result, punished Democrat Hillary Clinton. Though this and other stories constructs the concern of fake news in political elections, to completely censor it on social networking services in regard to political elections would be to contradict their creations, restrict internet users of their freedom of speech, and may indirectly eradicate one political party or the another. In efforts to show the lack of harm fake news poses in politics on social networks, I will respond to some criticisms of fake news and show weaknesses in arguments that claims fake news is harmful. I will explain the importance of freedom of speech and use it to show moral reason to not regulate fake news.
Wikipedia defines social networking services as, “Online platforms people use to build social networks or relationships with people who they share similar personal or career interests, backgrounds, real-life

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