Facing Fakes: Understanding Tech Platforms’ Responses to Online Falsehoods

Cai Hui Lien, James Lee, Edson C. Tandoc

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While technology companies have been blamed for playing a key role in the rise of online falsehoods, it has not always been clear how these companies understand the nature of the problem, which can explain their responses and how these responses evolved over time. Through a qualitative analyses of official press releases and public statements issued by various online technology platforms from 2016 to 2020, this exploratory study seeks to understand and typologize how technology platforms constructed and characterized the problem of online falsehoods and how these manifest in the range of interventions they have implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-780
Number of pages20
JournalDigital Journalism
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is supported by the Singapore Social Science Research Council Grant and completed under the Nanyang Research Programme.

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© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Fact-checking
  • fake news
  • online falsehoods
  • social media
  • technology companies


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