Graduation Asssignment Fake News

Master Thesis Fake news

More and more online users are confronted with fake news. Especially due to social media technology, news can be spread all over the world in no time. Compared to news created and spread by professional journalists, fake news, generally speaking, lacks the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability. However, currently little is known about the contents, the sources and the effects of fake news. And we do not know much about detection and prevention. This is both a social and a technical problem. In this research project we try to find answers to fill this gap in knowledge.

The project will be a combination of social aspects and technical aspects. Students may have a social science background and/or a technical background. The supervisors are from social science and computer science. The project will be adapted to the student’s background and possibly students of both disciplines can collaborate.

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  • prof M. Junger (IEBIS) (cybersecurity, BMS)
  • Dr J. Gosselt (Communication science, BMS)
  • Dr E. Tews (EWI)


  • Departement: IEBIS (BMS), Communication Science (BMS), SSC (EWI)
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  • Location: Enschede
  • Start: As soon as possible
  • Periode: To be determined


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  • Corner, J. (2017). Fake news, post-truth and media–political change. Media, Culture & Society, 39(7), 1100-1107.
  • Borden, S. L. & Tew, C. (2007) The role of journalist and the performance of journalism: Ethical lessons from “fake” news. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 22(4), 300-314.