Finally, a glint of truth.
Russia is not responsible for filling your head with fake news and forcing you through a mysterious form of thought control to vote for misogynistic white nationalist digital terrorists.
From Popular Mechanics:
[Facebook’s] reputation for fake news blew up during the 2016 presidential election, when it was overrun with political spam deployed in large part by Russian trolls and foreign profiteers. But the company’s newest efforts indicate that the Russian boogeyman has given way to something far thornier: fake news of a homegrown variety.
Fake news sleeper cells, who would’ve thunk?
Ideological disparity does not figure into this ominous threat to democracy. For instance, a leftist website, Reasonable People Unite, was jettisoned by Facebook.
“I am a legitimate political activist. I don’t have a clickbait blog. I don’t have a fake news website. And I haven’t been doing anything that all the other pages in this space aren’t doing,” the guy who runs the website, Chris Metcalf, told The Washington Post, the crown jewel of a long-standing CIA effort to shape public perception with its own brand of fake and manipulated news.
Meanwhile, a hack for the BBC over on the other side of the pond warns fake news imperils official conduits of state propaganda.
“The fake news tag has given street cred to mass disbelief. That doesn’t just threaten journalism everywhere. It threatens people everywhere,” said Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC.
How to fight this scourge? Indoctrinate the kids.
Hall announced that the British broadcaster had started a program with schools to educate pupils about how to spot fake news, as well as organizing an event where teenagers from London, Delhi and Nairobi will work to stop its spread. Hall also said he wants the BBC to extend the work of its “reality check” fact-checking teams and will use more data and evidence to explain why something has happened.
Not to worry, Mr. Hall. The BBC is safe at Facebook, even if it pushed the blatantly fake Novichok story.