Fake News

Can Wikitribune Solve The 'Fake News' Epidemic? Helping Media Organisations Regain Audience Trust

Chris Lawrence | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Chris Lawrence

Was Napoleon short? Did a World War Two bomber land on the moon? Whether deliberate propaganda or innocent fun, 'fake news' has been around for some t...

More Than Half Of Voters Have Struggled To Spot Election Campaign Fake News, Research Reveals

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics

More than half of voters have struggled to tell the difference between real and fake news during the election campaign, a survey has revealed. Pollst...

Six Ways Viral Listicles Will Doom Journalism And All Humanity

Alex Sinclair Lack | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Alex Sinclair Lack

Questions are worth asking when articles are being written with the main intention of maximizing shares. Journalism must evolve with the times, but if we are to reach the post-post-truth era, it must do so responsibly and not let its standards fall in the process.

Hillary Rodham Clinton On Fake News And Misogyny

Philip Ellis | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Philip Ellis

"I'm not going anywhere," she says. "I have a big stake in what happens in this country. I'm unbowed and unbroken about what happened. I don't want it to happen to anyone else, or to happen to the values or institutions I care about... We're at a very pivotal point, so I'm going to keep writing, and talking, and supporting the people who are on the front lines of the resistance."

How Byline Festival Plans To Fight Back Against Fake News

Peter Jukes | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK
Peter Jukes

With the hollowing out and decline of traditional news outlets, and weaponised misinformation and fake news causing havoc during the Brexit referendum and election of Donald Trump, every citizen will have to step up to fight the post truth authoritarian world in which will to power and propaganda trumps informed debate and evidence. We can't all become citizen journalists, but we're all going to have to become citizen editors and community fact checkers.

The Fight Against Radicalisation Is Now An Online Battlefield

Claire Stead | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Young people - who are both most exposed to the online world and the most vulnerable - need to be protected and shielded better than anyone. This education, between what is right and just and true, begins at home and in the school.

Fake It Till You Make It - Facebook's Attempts To Tackle Fake News

Claire Woodcock | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Woodcock

Fake news. The phrase gets flung around so much. Simply put, fake news is a story which is factually incorrect. The vast majority of fake news is found on social media sites; actual media outlets in the UK voluntarily regulate themselves. Even if they didn't, it's much easier to bring a legal case against a person or company rather than a faceless social media account.

Should Tech Companies Police The Internet?

Ran Berger | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Ran Berger

The German government has gone as far as announcing that fines of up to €50m will be imposed on social networks that fail to delete hate speech or fake news, expressing concerns that illegal content was not being taken down quickly enough.

Why We Need Quality Citizen Journalism More Than Ever

Adam Manuel | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Adam Manuel

The advent of smart phones has given power to the people. The presence, speed and accessibility allows the everyday citizen to report and break news to a global audience faster than traditional journalists, and much faster than news reporters. This has resulted in a society that's more politically active than ever before (and that's a good thing.)

Fake News: Confessions Of A Professional Faker

Brian Drewes | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Tech
Brian Drewes

So, take some advice from an avid faker of images: learn to distrust your most basic sense because it will be used against you. If it's unbelievable, it might just be, even if you've seen it with your own eyes.

Fake News: How My Fictional Coffee Shop Fooled The World

Patric Morgan | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Comedy
Patric Morgan

You see, the rise of so-called 'fake news' isn't something new. People have been doing it for years. And even though my story is fake, it doesn't set out to deliberately deceive people. However, the amount of emails I get every week (usually from the US) asking where the shop is located is ridiculous.

Fake News?

Clive Norman | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Clive Norman

Politicians are becoming increasingly apoplectic in their efforts to convince the general populous that they are the safe pair of hands. That they are...

We Are Being Manipulated - And We Love It

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

If you are constantly being exposed to the same kind of stories through your social media feeds and you find that agree with the basic message, you co...

Seeing Is Believing: How Mobile And Local Journalism Can Fight Fake News

Dror Ginzberg | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech
Dror Ginzberg

On the very day of the 2016 US Presidential election, Oxford Dictionaries declared "Post-truth" the word of the year. In the few months since, we've seen the emergence of "Alternative Facts" and "Fake News."

Can Wikitribune Really Prevent The Spread Of Fake News?

Dr Paul Elmer | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Dr Paul Elmer

If Wikitribune can emulate some of this success, and harness the potential of the Wiki brand to sustain independence from proprietorial and government control, then more power to it. It has every chance of doing so, although that depends to some extent on the funding stream. 

Jimmy Wales's WikiTribune Venture Is Laudable But Will Anyone Read It?

Jimmy Leach | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Jimmy Leach

Crowdfunding is never as easy as people assume and finding a community who will support the project, financially, for the long term for altruistic rather than selfish reasons will be a challenge. And getting news up that enough people will want to read (rather than ought to) will be an even bigger challenge. Evidence-based journalism without an audience is an academic exercise. Evidence-based journalism with an audience would be a huge triumph.

Why Artificial Intelligence Still Needs A Human Touch

Vivian Chan | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Vivian Chan

Rather than thinking of AI as a replacement for human intelligence, information providers such as Facebook and Google ought to consider how one can enhance the another. Only by blending AI's ability to quickly process vast quantities of data with the ability of humans to understand nuance and context can we ensure facts remain facts in this post-truth era.

How Facebook Will Win The War Against Fake News

Tom Edwards | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Tech
Tom Edwards

One thing is for sure - Facebook has a huge investment in trust. And while the search for engagement sometimes pushes towards maximum engagement at the expense of all else - they'll know that becoming known simply as bullshit merchants is very bad for business. So Zuckerberg and co will be working incredibly hard to be as reliable and truthful as possible. I expect them to come out on top.

"Q:And babies? A: And Babies." Trump Finally Realises Assad Is A Very Bad Man

Jay McCarthy | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK
Jay McCarthy

I will never forget the first time I saw the infamous Vietnam War protest poster, titled "Q: And babies? A: And Babies." As a young girl, I stared tra...

Is Moderation The Key To Bursting The Fake News Filter Bubble?

Marina Cheal | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Tech
Marina Cheal

The aggregated news-feed-style method of displaying information puts less emphasis on the publisher and more on the sharer. I'm not getting my news from an editor, I'm getting it from Aunty Janet. And when we feel like we're sharing information with like-minded people, there's less resistance and less fact-checking. 'Everyone I know believes it, so it must be true'.

Fake News Isn't New, It's Just Been Industrialised

Jimmy Leach | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Jimmy Leach

At the best of times, you can't move for media conferences. And this isn't the best of times, so all the trite and the good are gathering repeatedly and especially to form little echo chambers on panels, on which they spend their time bemoaning echo chambers on social media.

How To Spot Fake News

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

Fake news is everywhere - or so we're told. It's not always easy to spot since it looks pretty much like the real thing. And the real thing, well......

Want To Know How To Navigate The Facts In A Post-Truth World? Ask A Cancer Researcher

Dr Helen Rippon | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Rippon

The Facebook algorithm in my feed has obviously clocked my line of work, so I get sponsored posts served up to me every now and then that promise miracle, and utterly implausible, cancer cures. They are slickly professional and they look frighteningly legitimate.

Is Donald Trump Really Giving A Voice To The Voiceless?

Philip Seargeant | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Philip Seargeant

The rhetoric he uses - including the cynical appropriation of terms such as 'voice' - is encouraging a climate of division and stigmatisation rather than inclusiveness. It's pitting one marginalised group against another. He's expressing a false empathy with the 'forgotten men and women' he claims to be speaking for. And by appropriating the term voice for himself, he is attempting to silence the legitimate concerns of countless others.

Don't Believe The Hype Around Fake News

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

In DeLillo's White Noise the narrator Gladney spends a lot of time with his academic colleague, Murray Jay Siskind, a cynical New Yorker with a penchant for constant theorising. Gladney, half-appalled, sums up his colleague's acidic take on the world: "Murray says we are fragile creatures surrounded by a world of hostile facts. Facts threaten our happiness and security."