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Universitas-XXI, Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas

versión On-line ISSN 1390-8634versión impresa ISSN 1390-3837


VIANNA, Lucas  y  CARVALHO-MENDONCA, Matheus T.. The poisoned public debate and the limits of state regulation: for a digital literacy against the fake news. Universitas [online]. 2021, n.34, pp.19-40. ISSN 1390-8634.

In addition to the deliberate efforts to distort or misinform, the unintentional errors detected by the public —and the suspicion that there may be others not identified— have reinforced a skeptical stance among the public about the alleged veracity of the news. In the era of the so-called post-truth, it is no exaggeration to say that the main concern of the social sciences after the public debate has been completely hampered by the spread of false news and the supposed beginning of the collapse of liberal democracies, has been a collective sensation of shock, indignation. and despair at the increased prevalence of false news. This paper focuses on the phenomenon of fake news, its effects in the context of political disputes and regulatory frameworks as an alleged solution. It is intended to demonstrate that digital literacy appears as the most adequate solution to mitigate this problem, without affecting freedom of expression in the public discursive sphere.

Palabras clave : Fake news; post-truth; digital literacy; liberal democracy; state regulation; freedom of speech.

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