Monday 21 May 2018

We have much better chance of tackling fake news crisis with Juncker's backing

The abortion referendum and the European Parliament elections could be influenced by large-scale disinformation, writes Stephen Rae

UNITED CAUSE: INM Group Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae (left) with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
UNITED CAUSE: INM Group Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae (left) with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Stephen Rae

Ireland has been a lagger in the debate on fake news, either complacent about the dangers or afraid of irking the US tech giants based here.

All that is likely to change with an abortion referendum on the horizon and European parliamentary elections around the corner in 2019.

Both polls have the potential to be influenced by fake news or as it is more accurately characterised "disinformation". It is very hard to distinguish disinformation from quality content on Facebook and Twitter because the perpetrators go to great lengths to disguise their real identity.

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