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What’s in news?

The BBC has teamed up with some of the biggest names in journalism and technology to fight fake news. 

Problem with the fake news:

  • Fake news is defining as “news stories that have no factual basis but are presented a s news.”
  • Fake news, making the people believe in false things.
  • According to Martina Chapman (Media Literacy Expert), the three M elements to fake news are:
    • Mistrust,
    • Misinformation and
    • Manipulation
  • Fake news stories can deceive people by looking like trusted websites or using similar names and web addresses to reputable news organisations.
  • It is written and published often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention. 
  • Also make the public, less likely to consume or accept information.

Key data’s:

  • It includes deliberate misinformation or hoaxes which are spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.
  • “Fake news” seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy, free debate and the Western order, raising tensions between nations, and may lead to regulation of social media.
  • Fake news was considered as “Word of the year” in 2017.
  • From the recent Trusted News Summit convened by the BBC, gather to discuss how to tackle the problem of fake news. 
  • The summit has shown a determination to take collective action to fight this problem and we have agreed some crucial steps towards this.
  • Major publishers: Google, Twitter and Facebook.
  • The group’s new plan is to include an early warning system for use during elections or when lives are at stake.
  • Various discussion at the summit are;
    • Early warning system: creating a system so that organisations can alert each other rapidly when they discover disinformation that threatens human life or disrupts democracy during elections. The emphasis will be on moving quickly and collectively to undermine disinformation before it can take hold.
    • Media education: a joint online media education campaign to support and promote media education messages.
    • Voter information: co-operation on civic information around elections, so there is a common way to explain how and where to vote.
    • Shared learning: particularly around high-profile elections.
  • Disinformation and so-called fake news is a serious threat to democracy and even to people’s lives.


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