Fake news as an informational moral panic: the symbolic deviancy of social media during the 2016 US presidential election

  title={Fake news as an informational moral panic: the symbolic deviancy of social media during the 2016 US presidential election},
  author={Matt Carlson},
  journal={Information, Communication \& Society},
  pages={374 - 388}
  • M. Carlson
  • Published 1 August 2018
  • Sociology
  • Information, Communication & Society
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