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How (not) to deal with fake news

Suppressing "false information" with bans and penalties raises a lot of questions and blurs lines with oppression.

As many have pointed out, fake news has been around for a long time under various names, but its current potency is believed to stem from its mass dissemination through the Internet.

WHEN a practice is widely recognised as doing harm, the usual reaction from much of the public is to call for something to be done about it. The problem is that a hasty response by those in authority that embraces the most obvious counter-measures might, in reality, fail to combat the problem...