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Социалните мрежи – генератор на фалшиви новини
Social networks – a generator of fake news

Author(s): Stefan Ivanov Michev
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Economy, Psychology, Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life, Social Philosophy, Social psychology and group interaction, Conference Report, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Висше училище по сигурност и икономика (ВУСИ)
Keywords: social networks; fake news; post-truth; illusion; illusory world
Summary/Abstract: The main thesis defended in the report is that modern social networks and virtual civil communities, among other things, can and should be analyzed as generators of fake news. The impact of fake news is not at all in the field of credibility. To reflect this fact, the term „post-truth“ emerged. In our opinion, in order to reveal the essence of fake news, it is necessary to use the concept of „illusion“, one of the main concepts in epistemology, but also in psychology, and in a certain sense also in sociology. In short, to understand why people believe fake news, one must analyze their need to live in an illusory world.