Saturday, 2 March 2019

Campaign to get social media to counter fake news

We know the power of 'fake news':
Futures Forum: Big data and big lies...

It's also had an effect on national politics in the UK:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and the use of data analytics
Futures Forum: Brexit: and post-fact politics
Futures Forum: Brexit: and bots
Futures Forum: Fake news, the UK general election and local news

And even on local politics:
Futures Forum: Fake news and the general election in Devon
Futures Forum: Debunking fake news in East Devon with 'on-line open-source investigation'
Futures Forum: "The decline of local journalism is a threat to democracy and is fuelling the rise in fake news."

Social media is at the centre of much of this:
Futures Forum: The weaponization of social media
Futures Forum: The age of Social Warming

A new example of 'fake news' on social media has just erupted in France - with a new petition from Avaaz calling on the likes of Facebook to counter this growing trend:

Beaten, bloody, and terrified -- this photo went viral in France as a symbol of police brutality... but it's completely fake! There’s a simple solution to false stories like this: get Facebook to show corrections to *everyone* who has seen fake news. Avaaz is meeting top executives at Facebook this week, so add your name now -- let's make this huge before the meeting!! 

This shocking photo of a young woman, left beaten and bleeding by police at a protest, went viral on social media in France.   

It’s the sort of thing Avaaz might launch an urgent campaign on. But there’s just one problem -- the image has nothing to do with France. It was taken in Madrid, years ago. It’s fake. Untrue. A lie.  

And it’s dangerous. 

Disinformation like this has the power to turn protests violent, destroy trust in our democracies and make us hate, even kill each other. But there's a simple solution to this threat: distribute corrections to dangerous fake news -- to EVERYONE who has seen it! 

Avaaz has pitched the idea to key decision-makers all over the world, and many of them love it. Facebook is sensitive to its public image, and Avaaz staff are meeting top executives there this week -- let's get massive public backing from people everywhere for them to correct the record on fake news!

Tell Facebook: Correct the Record!

In many countries newspapers are required to issue corrections if they print false information -- why shouldn’t the same rules apply to Facebook and Twitter, who reach many times more people? 

This isn’t about censorship -- no content would be taken down or deleted. Instead, the social media companies would make sure people who had been given false information were provided with the full facts so they can make informed decisions. 

The Avaaz team has pitched this idea to politicians across the planet, as well as regulators, experts, academics, free speech advocates, and to social media executives at all the major platforms. Most of them see that this could really work, but it's still missing massive public demand to make it happen. 

If Facebook moves, others will follow. Sign the petition calling on Facebook to correct the record on fake news, and when this is huge, we’ll deliver our voices direct to Facebook and to lawmakers all over the world: 

Tell Facebook: Correct the Record!  
Armies of bots and trolls, often bought and paid for by billionaires and governments, thrive on a social media drowning in their lies. They'll fiercely attack our effort. But Avaaz has always stood for the authentic voice of the people, let's make sure that voice gets heard loud and clear, before more lies are spread.

With hope and determination,

The Avaaz team

Europe’s most hackable election (Politico)

Fake news on WhatsApp swayed Brazil’s election. India should be worried (Quartz India)

EU steps up fight against ‘fake news’ ahead of elections (AP)

Four ways to verify images linked to France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ protests (The Observers)

Avaaz - The World in Action

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