The Impact of Fake News on Company Value: Evidence from Tesla and Galena Biopharma


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In recent years, the dissemination of disinformation with an intent to deceive or mislead (i.e., fake news) has become more prevalent. Fake news is usually associated with fabrications surrounding factual or relevant information trying to be framed as either much more
positive or much more negative than the reality of the truth would present. People often have ill intent and are looking for personal gain in some way, as their purpose for writing the misleading or false information and releasing it into the public. Over the last few years, the world has seen what feels like an explosion of fake news due to social media and technological advancements enabling news to be spread and accessed in a whole new way with no limits as to the different areas fake news is attempting to invade and affect. Fake news can potentially impact the social, political, and economic aspects of our world, and as the frequency of fake news continues to increase, it propels fake news more into the spotlight of public relevancy. The issue of fake or
intentionally inaccurate news existing in the world has been around for ages, as many groups of people have tried to mislead or deceive others using misinformation. However, as the world becomes more and more interconnected and the accessibility to news becomes easier, it increases
the potential effects and risks associated with fake news being spread. This paper is designed to analyze the risks and effects that can come from fake news in the business world and assess how big an impact or significance it can play in the performance of the financial markets.

To better understand the impact of fake news on company value, it is essential to understand the motives behind it while also considering the importance of fighting back against fake news and refuting misinformation. With the vast increase in the amount of news available,
the relaxing of journalistic standards on what should be published, the shortening of the news cycle, and the development of new platforms for spreading news, fake news is now more prominent. In addition, these factors also raise the possibility that fake news can have a substantial impact on company value. Investors throughout the world now have to properly manage the threat of fake news and be constantly on guard against whether false or misleading information will alter or affect their everyday decisions in their work.

Creating and spreading inaccurate information has been around for centuries, and has always been an issue that people have had to deal with throughout time. The reason for the increased frequency and reach of fake news centers around how our news world has developed
over time through technological advancements. Now people are able to access and share news in real-time throughout their daily lives basically no matter their location. This allows those spreading fake news to extend their reach and cause more damage. Social media has also created
a platform for everyone to output news that has the potential to now go viral and reach millions of eyes. This new access to platforms is a positive development in a lot of ways for the world and people, but it does come with unintended consequences such as enabling the quantity and
potential reach of fake news to increase drastically. Another issue that leads from this new issue at hand, is how people operating within financial markets can detect fake news in a timely manner while also being sure that they are in no way relying or making decisions dependent on the news with ill intent or fabrications. This thesis aims to dive into and explain the motives behind the new wave of fake news by analyzing specific examples while then analyzing how much damage could potentially be caused by successful fake news attempts. It is then essential to analyze the long term consequences that can result from fake news while also considering how companies and people can better combat fake news and look to quickly ward off potential attacks
through proper responses and resulting actions. There is a need to tackle the complexity of the current issue of fake news in the financial world and consider the role it will play in future years while looking at what precautionary and reactionary decisions need to be made.

Table of Contents

I. Abstract 1-2
II. Introduction 3-4
III. Review of Literature 5-11
IV. Case Analysis 11-17
V. Analysis of Research 18-21
VI. Conclusion 22-23
VII. References 24


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