Tag - Fake News

Living in the fake news era – how can we tell what is true or not?

“Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.[…]

I think Trump is in the White House because of me. […]

Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].” 

This is what Paul Horner told Washington Post, in November 2016. But who is he? Paul Horner has made his living off viral news hoaxes for several years. But he’s most famous for distributing fake news during the 2016 American election.

Long before 2016, here is what Donald Trump said during an interview to People Magazine in 1998:

“If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific. “

 

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World Press Freedom Day – spotlight on the media’s impact on privacy awareness

Right now, you’re online, reading what you chose you wanted to read. You have the liberty of leaving a comment on platforms, even if it’s a bad one. You’re lucky because in some countries, people can’t enjoy freedom of speech. Sometimes, the situation is even worse and browsing the web comes with certain restrictions such as geo-blocking.
A recent case of blocked service occurred at the beginning of April when Russia banned Telegram.
However, in the last years, we have witnessed several similar cases that are first of all, a threat to our basic human rights.
Join us in taking a moment to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Here’s why we believe it’s an important and timely reminder for all of us.

  • EU’s plan on creating an anti-fake news law
  • Fake news vs. real news
  • 5 stories that uncovered some of the world’s deepest secrets
  • Simple ways to spot fake news
  • The need for “identifying fake news” educational programs

But what exactly is the meaning of freedom of expression today, when we have all been heavily bombarded with fake news through all media channels?

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Freedom on the Net Report 2017 reflects a worrying increase in digital censorship

Another year has passed in the realm of digital freedom, leaving the global situation more and more precarious, especially in the context of various elections taking place throughout the world.

According to Freedom House, which surveyed 65 countries for its ‘Freedom on the Net 2017’ report (87% of the world’s Internet users), the state of the Internet freedom around the world has little cause for celebration, as this year continues to present a world where few societies give their citizens access to a free, uncensored Internet.

Thus, nearly half of the 65 countries assessed in Freedom on the Net 2017 experienced declines during the coverage period, while just 13 made progress, most of it minor. Less than one-quarter of users reside in countries where the internet is designated free, meaning there are no major obstacles to access, excessive restrictions on content, or serious violations of user rights in the form of unchecked surveillance or unjust repercussions for legitimate speech.

However, in one of the world’s leading democracies, the United States, the use of “fake news”, automated “bot” accounts, and other manipulation methods gained particular attention and caused a decline in the country’s overall Internet freedom. While the online environment in the US remained generally free, it was troubled by a proliferation of fabricated news articles, as well as aggressive harassment of many journalists, both during and after the presidential election campaign.

 

The usual suspects and some unexpected improvements

Of the 65 countries assessed, 32 have been on an overall decline since June 2016. The biggest declines took place in Ukraine, Egypt, and Turkey.

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