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A wrong view on how to reduce society's misinformation problem

A wrong view on how to reduce society's misinformation problem

One suggestion to alleviate our society's misinformation problem is that people should take a stronger personal and civic responsibility to be informed and educate themselves in critical thinking and media literacy.

This view puts the primary responsibility for our current informational predicament on individuals. It views them as somehow cognitively deficient. However, this view is mistaken.

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Encouraging responsibility to prevent disinformation

Citizens should be encouraged to do what they can to prevent disinformation. For example:

  • Staying mindful of the sources of online information
  • Pausing to consider the context, bias or the satirical nature of a story before sharing

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The responsibility to be informed

If we accept that citizens are not primarily causally responsible for our poor information environments, they may still have a remedial responsibility to fix them.

However, it is unclear when a person is informed if it will improve information prac...

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The epistemic condition of responsibility

The epistemic condition of responsibility states that one can only be held responsible for outcomes that one caused knowingly. For people to cause actions knowingly, they must be aware of what they are doing, the consequences, and alternatives to the action, and that the action i...

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Responsibility of those who have structural control

Responsibility of those who have structural control

Leaning away from individual responsibility means that the burden should be shifted to those who have structural control over our information environments.

Solutions include placing accountability and responsibility on technology companies, government, regulatory bodies, traditional media a...

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Reasons against the epistemic condition of responsibility

Reasons against the epistemic condition of responsibility

Two arguments support the view that people’s belief-forming and information-sharing behaviour generally does not fulfil the epistemic condition of responsibility.

  1. How people treat new claims are based on previous experiences, which are based on previou...

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