Night Owl Session
Fake news, and do the media still need editors?
The growing use of the Internet and social media platforms, where anyone can share their version of the truth and spread misinformation, has fragmented the commonly agreed basis for reality and led to the polarisation of public opinion.
While the ‘fake news’ phenomenon is not at all new, the alternative facts phenomenon, along with media hacking, the changed rules of the political game, and the role of the media, is now in the forefront of mainstream debates.
Until we find an effective way of detecting manipulated versions of the same content and protecting ourselves from them, the truth, contrary to public interest, will continue to be tailor-made for and by every user, every company, and every government.