By: Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj 2019-02-02T10:46:29+05:30 The issue of fake news has recently generated substantial discussion around the globe. Different countries and jurisdictions are adopting different measures in response. For instance, Malaysia has enacted and the Philippines seek to enact criminal legislation against fake news dissemination by individuals. The suggested measures in the European Union, in contrast, are mostly soft in nature. These include investing in technology that would help people separate the true from the false and the trustworthy source from the untrustworthy one, investing in tools that allow people access to "diverse perspectives about topics of public interest", partnering with relevant stakeholders "to support efforts aimed at improving critical thinking and digital media literacy", etc. Similarly, the United States is investing in technological tools that would automatically check the veracity of information fed in. The issue has generated … [Read more...] about Does The Constitution Protect Fake News?
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News / UK and world by Press Association February 18, 2019, 6:00 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Social media sites should face a compulsory code of ethics in order to tackle harmful or illegal content online, a Commons committee has said. The report comes after a parliamentary inquiry into fake news by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. Here are some key questions around what it all means. – What is the fake news inquiry? MPs began looking into the issue of fake news in 2017 after a rising tide of hoaxers and propagandists spread misinformation on social media, either to push an agenda or make money. As time went on, the inquiry expanded to investigate wider issues around the effect huge technology companies such as Facebook can have on citizens and society, how some individuals and companies try to manipulate people through social media, and whether Russia had a role in influencing voters in the EU referendum. MPs … [Read more...] about Social media, ethics and regulation: All you need to know
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University (THE CONVERSATION) When Mark Zuckerberg told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence to detect fake news posted on the social media site, he wasn’t particularly specific about what that meant. Given my own work using image and video analytics, I suggest the company should be careful. Despite some basic potential flaws, AI can be a useful tool for spotting online propaganda – but it can also be startlingly good at creating misleading material. Researchers already know that online fake news spreads much more quickly and more widely than real news. My research has similarly found that online posts with fake medical information get more views, comments and likes than those with accurate medical content. In an online world where viewers have limited attention and are saturated with content choices, it often … [Read more...] about How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news
They said they will cooperate with the authorities to remove content deemed to be in violation of the laws. Facebook said the company was in touch with a variety of stakeholders, academics and electoral organisations to collect their feedback, viewpoints and ideas on how to protect the integrity of the election experience and to encourage civic participation in local elections. “Our Community Standards outline what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook. We will remove content that violates these standards when we are made aware of it,” Facebook told The Nation. “We have a clear and consistent government request process, which is no different in Thailand than in the rest of the world, and we report the number of pieces of content we restrict for contravening local law in our Transparency Report,” the company said. The Election Commission recently set up a war room to monitor whether content on social media violated election laws or spread fake news. … [Read more...] about Online content under close scrutiny for poll-related ‘fake news’
Why does fake news exist? How can we fight it? How much of a threat does it pose to Europe? YouTube creator Fonseca, from the VisualPolitik channel, looked into the issue at the Democracy Alive festival on the Dutch Island of Texel. From a brief history of fake news to its current influence on the European political sphere. To help unpick the issue, he enlisted the help of Margrethe Vestager, EU competition commissioner and social media strategist Ned Howey. Watch the video to hear their suggestions for tackling the issue. The Democracy Alive festival, organized by the pro-European lobby European Movement took place in April 11-14 gathering top politicians from all boards, activists and citizens in a political gathering inspired on the Democracy Festivals celebrated in several Nordic Countries in the last decade. … [Read more...] about How can we save democracy from fake news? Video report