British Government Reveals Proposals To End Spread Of False News
by PeteTheGreek on January 31, 2017 - 11:01am
From the beginning of the 21st century, the accessibility to information has surpassed all previous proportions due to the use of the worldwide web. Through the Internet, the population can educate themselves on all topics efficiently and quickly. The range of people on the Internet ranges from young children to the elderly. With such a large amount of people on the web it allows for a beneficial platform where people can be educated and influenced by sharing their ideas, opinions or news. On the other hand, following recent events such as the United States presidential campaign or international conflicts overseas, the Internet has gained a new reputation for a source of false information that is manipulating and influencing negatively the general population. For instance, throughout the nation, false posts on the Internet and social media such as Facebook allegedly corrupted the presidential election by manipulating Americans.
In his article, “Solutions That Can Stop Fake News Spreading”, Mike Wendling describes the reality of fake news and provides realistic solutions to end the fabricated news. Wendling is a known for being a journalist, writer and producer at the BBC. In addition, Mike Wendling is a blogger for “BBC Trending” and appears on the BBC podcast “World Hacks”. The articles written by Wendling are credible and use facts instead of fictionalized and exaggerated stories. For his contribution to the Internet, Wendling is a trustworthy source educating others on all his social media platforms like Twitter were he has a verified account that is only given to those who are reliable and provide the truth. Within his article, Wendling highlights the problems deriving from modern day media and lists the various solutions that are being explored by the British government.
Above all, the general population is the most powerful source to end the spreading of false news. Mike Wendling states that users of Facebook should be able to flag articles on the website for a third party source made of journalists can analyze the articles and give a verdict on the credibility of the article. With a flagged story, Facebook users will be notified that the article may contain information that is false. These notifications can prevent the influence of false information. Next, Wendling proposes that computer programming and algorithms defeat the programming spreading the stories. For example, programming can recognize that a website was just created this week hinting that it is likely an untrustworthy website. To continue, the awareness of the population towards the spread of fake news is necessary to reduce the harmful effects of false information. Therefore, if students were taught thinking skills to allow them to observe less trustworthy information it could aid the future generation to develop informed decision-making skills. Finally, the last proposed idea to stop the spread of fake news by the British government would be to prevent the creation of fake websites before they’re spread nationally corrupting millions of minds. With the elimination of advertisements the fake websites wouldn’t make any revenue and remove the motive of fake news for those that create and publish the false stories.
The spread of fake news has impacted many lives and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Article published on BBC World Hacks on January 30th, 2017