Fake news is a term that is running like foam in recent times, there are people who use it rightly,…
Fake news is a term that is running like foam in recent times, there are people who use it rightly, and another, unfortunately, he says it lightly, and not only people, but there are even companies that behave the same, quite distorting the meaning of the term.
The truth is that if you take a look at Facebook, I’m sure that one of your contacts is sharing news from unreliable media, without any source and, of course, without another means to relate the same news. They lie deliberately, usually in current affairs, with a clear political intention. And Google has decided to invest 300 million dollars to combat this type of media.
As you know, the false news, or fake news, is something that has been taking place since the press exists, but which seems to have started to worry the big companies like Google or Facebook very recently, because of the controversy that took place in the US presidential elections. If not, who knows if another rooster would sing.
Now, Google, with Google News Initiative, in collaboration with the International Fact Check Network, aims to give tools to 20,000 students around the world to distinguish these fake news, in addition to rewarding what they call “accurate journalism.”
In addition, as part of this initiative, Google wants to facilitate the payment subscription to written media -which we see well, by the way- making the process easier, that you can pay directly with our Google credentials, as you can see.
The partners in this Google initiative are quite large media such as Les Échos, Fairfax Media, Le Figaro, Financial Times, Gannett, Gatehouse Media, Globo Group, The Mainichi, McClatchy, The Nation, The New York Times, NRC Group, Le Parisien , Reform, the Republic, The Telegraph and The Washington Post.
We, for our part, think that neither Google nor Facebook will save you from the fake news if the critical attitude does not start from within you. We agree that these big companies can help a lot, but the truth is that they have their own interests, and can massively opinion, as we have seen. Therefore, if you want to get rid of the fake news, in many cases it is enough to contrast a little, find the sources and how reliable they are, but, as we said, this should start with you.
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