They Call It "Fake News" in Other Countries, Too

From Hebrew to Spanish to German to Italian and onward, the term is now as international as Coca-Cola.

February 6, 2019 | Philologos
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Feyk Sh’kifut, “Fake Transparency,” was the caption of an article in the January 29 Israeli daily Haaretz. Its subject was a new set of regulations announced by Facebook to deal with b’ayat ha-feyk nyuz, “the problem of fake news,” by making it more difficult to hide its origins. The author of the article, obviously, did not think the regulations would prove effective.

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