How Fake News Was Used in 19th Century Colonialism (3/11)

How “fake news” was a tool of nineteenth century colonialism and conquest

Fake news, or the dissemination of altered facts and information, is not new concept. There’s a long history of conquerors changing the history and the narrative of their actions once they are in power. Many cases of colonialism were made in the name of religion or for saving the native people, when the actual events were more violent and with more mercenary motivation. This article explores a few examples of how fake news and misinformation was used in the 19th century by colonizers and politicians to garner support and resources for their activities from their countrymen. Similar to today, newspapers were used to sway the publics to different sides of the aisle or to have different views on the peoples being colonized to justify their actions.


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