The European Parliament is worried about hate speech and fake news: should content be removed and fines be imposed? Or the emphasis be placed on teaching people to tell the difference between real sources or fake ones ?
Fake news Fake news Fake news Fake news Fake news Fake news: the deliberate spreading of false information for political purposes. Opinions on how to tackle the issue vary wildly. But there’s one thing the European Parliament doesn’t want: You are inventing a Ministry of Truth, à la George Orwell. No one wants a Ministry of Truth. We don’t want any ministries of truth, thank you. The US elections showed the political power of misinformation. And some have pointed fingers at Moscow. The Kremlin is fighting an information war against the EU designed to break it up. Likely to be on the radar are Russia’s immediate neighbours, the western Balkans, as well as France and Germany, with elections coming up. Another issue up for debate is how to tackle hate speech online. Should it be up to users to behave themselves or tech giants to enforce the law? The Code of Conduct is an important step but voluntary rules are not enough. No technology is qualified to make the difficult decisions needed to qualify hate speech. Six out of ten news items shared on social media have not been read by the user sharing it. So before you post this video, make sure it’s real. :)