BBC plans alliance against fake news

The BBC has announced a large-scale initiative against fake news for which the UK TV and radio broadcaster intends to partner with other media companies as well as tech companies. The relatively short message on the BBC website only vaguely mentions cooperation with "the biggest name in the media and technology industry".

The Financial Times, which apparently is also on board, is becoming more concrete in a message to the BBC initiative. The names Financial Times, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Agence France-Presse, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and European Broadcasting Union are mentioned here.

Journalists from the media participated in the BBC's "Trusted News Summit" conference in June, as did representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter. This has resulted in the now announced campaign, which relies on close cooperation between the media and industry. The project is still in its infancy, reports the Financial Times.

However, the BBC is already calling big goals, Thus, a kind of early warning system for fake news is to be set up, which uncovers systematic false information, especially before and during a politically important election, by linking all participants closely together. As a first step, the BBC plans workshops on media education and voter information as well as an exchange of experiences on how to counteract problematic developments around elections.

"Disinformation and so-called fake news are threatening us all, and in the worst case they endanger democracy, or even human lives," says Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC. The broadcaster is involved in many ways against disinformation. For example, at the end of 2018, a BBC study in India, Kenya, and Nigeria had been busy disseminating news about WhatsApp.


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