Fighting fake news
Only 2% of young people in the UK have the skills they need to spot fake news. Half are worried about not being able to recognise it. And 60% of teachers think that fake news is harming children’s wellbeing. These are the findings of a National Literacy Trust survey that was published by the parliamentary Commission on Fake News. It spent a year gathering evidence on fake news in the UK, in partnership with The Day and others. But where does fake news come from? What is it doing to society? And, most importantly, how can we stop it?
UK lays out plans to teach fake news in schools
Can you be taught to spot fake news? Yesterday, the UK set out its plans to tackle disinformation online. It means that schools across the country will be required to teach news literacy.
The sinister rise of deepfake videos
Will deepfakes destroy democracy? In a viral video, Mark Zuckerberg lays out his scheme for world domination using stolen data. But the footage isn’t real — it was created with AI technology.
Trump lies pass 10,000. (And his fans don’t care)
President Trump has been described as “the most extravagant, reckless, inexhaustible fibber of our era”, sometimes clocking up 100 false claims in a day. Why is he still so popular?
Measles sweeps back as fake science spreads
One of the world’s most infectious diseases is showing signs of rampant growth, says new research out today. This is partly due to the willingness of millions to believe in medical myths.
True or false? Only 2% get the answers right
Educate readers or clamp down on sources? A new report found that half of students worry about fake news. MPs say this is harming their “wellbeing, trust in journalism and democracy itself”.
Six years in prison for sharing fake news
Should passing on fake news be a crime? In Malaysia anyone convicted can now face a lengthy jail sentence or a huge fine. Some Western nations are planning their own anti-fake news laws.
Fake news spreads ‘faster, deeper’ than truth
Is human nature to blame? A new study tracked the spread of falsehoods on Twitter and found that they are 70% more likely to be retweeted than truth. Why? Because lies are more surprising…
Trump lashes media with Fake News Awards
Are journalists biased against Trump? The US president says they definitely are. They reply that he cries “fake news” when he just doesn't like what he reads. But which side is right?
Facebook is ‘ripping apart the social fabric’
Is Facebook destroying society? A former executive has revealed he feels “tremendous guilt” for helping to build the site — he claims it is “eroding the core foundations” of how we behave.
Wikipedia founder creates ‘factual’ news site
Entrepreneur Jimmy Wales has launched Wikitribune, a collaboration between journalists and citizens that will put facts first. But in the age of fake news, can facts really change our minds?
Tech giants step up fight against fake news
Google and Facebook have announced new techniques to help users spot misleading news stories. Meanwhile Germany plans to fine firms which spread fake news. Which approach will work better?
Education chief: ‘We must expose fake news’
This weekend, as a director of the OECD warned of the harm caused to children by fake news, a professor at the London School of Economics said it might help save good journalism. Why?