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Digital platforms: Impact of fake news and the importance of regulation

Bouchard, Laure ULiège
Promotor(s) : Gautier, Axel ULiège
Date of defense : 31-Aug-2021/6-Sep-2021 • Permalink :
Title : Digital platforms: Impact of fake news and the importance of regulation
Translated title : [fr] Plateformes numériques : L'impact des fake news et l'importance de la réglementation
Author : Bouchard, Laure ULiège
Date of defense  : 31-Aug-2021/6-Sep-2021
Advisor(s) : Gautier, Axel ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Walheer, Barnabé ULiège
Coppée, Michel ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 33
Keywords : [en] Digital economy
[en] platforms
[en] regulation
[en] misinformation
Discipline(s) : Business & economic sciences > International economics
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en sciences économiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en macroeconomics and finance
Faculty: Master thesis of the HEC-Ecole de gestion de l'Université de Liège


[en] This paper analyses misinformation online and provides insights into the factors that are most likely to influence false information on digital platforms. Factors such algorithms, advertising income, information overload as well as echo chambers are discussed. The drastic evolution from the information age to the disinformation age raises therefore the question for a future regulation. The research of this paper is based on a content analysis of misinformation in the digital world as well as on the business model of digital platforms.
In the past, platforms have proposed to regulate themselves to combat misinformation online. But now, the European Commission released a proposal for an international regulation of digital platforms in order to create a more safer environment for users and businesses.
This paper provides insight in the fixed objectives of a future regulation as well as in the current discussions between governments and platforms for a regulation on an European level.



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