Regulation of digital misinformation

A socio-legal study on medical fake news in the Brazilian case

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https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl.1804

Keywords:

Fake news, regulation, digital law, health

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present a socio-legal approach, mainly based on social systems theory, to the problem of mass disinformation through digital networks and platforms. To this end, the paper analyses fake news as a phenomenon emerging from a structural transformation in the means of communication dissemination, and then focuses on the case of Brazilian regulation on the subject. The guiding hypothesis of the research is that it is possible to identify a package of regulatory learning strategies by the legal system. The text specifically addresses the case of fake news on the subject of health. It notes that, in this field of medical fake news, there is a lack of proposals capable of combining forms of prevention and not only repression of damage.

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Author Biographies

Marco Antonio Loschiavo Leme de Barros, Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Assistant professor at the Law School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of São Paulo (USP) International Relations Institute, and a visiting researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, and at Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain.

 

Lucas Fucci Amato, University of São Paulo

Associate professor at the Department of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law, University of São Paulo Law School, Brazil. He was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, USA, and an academic visitor at the University of Oxford, UK, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

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Published

03-06-2024

How to Cite

Loschiavo Leme de Barros, M. A. and Fucci Amato, L. (2024) “Regulation of digital misinformation: A socio-legal study on medical fake news in the Brazilian case”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 14(3), pp. 719–738. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl.1804.