Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 12th May 2017 634

Facebook Acts On ‘Fake News’

News about the internet this week appears to have been dominated by the way news is consumed through the net itself.

There is increasing concern at the levels of what has come to be called ‘fake news’ and the challenge of discriminating between the truth and the misleading.

Persistent suggestions that the curse of ‘fake news’ played a part in the outcome of the US election has caused speculation that misinformation might be perpetuated across the Internet in the run up to our own election on June 8.

A week after the election was called, the MP Damian Collins, a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, raised the issue publicly. He called for Facebook, seen as a major channel used by those proliferating phoney stories, to take action.

This week, although not necessarily in direct response, Facebook did two things.

It announced that it had deleted tens of thousands if British accounts, identified as being operated by ‘bots’, generating fake ‘likes’ and propagating automated comments. Secondly, it issued guidance on how to distinguish ‘fake news’, advocating particularly that readers should not just accept eye-catching headlines or stories but should perform additional searched to double check the facts.

Manipulation of news is not new. It has been done for centuries.

Governments, including our own, have done it, particularly in wartime, and called it propaganda.

However, it has always taken a substantial infrastructure to create and spread it. Now, however, the emergence of social media has decimated the effort and cost involved.

So, it seems that only news from most reputable of sources on the net can be trusted at face value.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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