Fake News

Fake News, False claims and misinformation

NewsGuard – tracking Russian disinformation and propaganda sites Fake News, False claims and misinformation about Ukraine and its allies have been rife online for months.

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Now a new tracking centre, which monitors Russian-Ukraine disinformation, has been set up and has published its first report. 120 websites are currently being monitored, recorded and the misinformation debunked by NewsGuard.

Steven Brill, Co-CEO of NewsGuard is live on the show to give us the latest.

Archiving the information war in Ukraine For many years Russian misinformation online has simply been removed, but now that Russia has invaded Ukraine, should this be archived and secured as it is evidence of the information war?

Protocol’s chief correspondent Issie Lapowsky is on the show to explain why keeping a record of this is so important. Wikipedia’s Ukraine pages The Wikimedia Foundation has received a Russian government demand to remove content from its Russian site.

They have said they have never backed down in the face of government threats to deny people their fundamental human right to access free, open, and verifiable information.

We hear from Dr Jess Wade, a Wikipedia Editor is known for thousands of entries about women, how the collaboratively authored online encyclopaedia is ensuring their content is accurate.

Gareth Mitchell presents Digital Planet with expert commentary from Bill Thompson. Studio Manager: Donald MacDonald Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

(Image: Russian fake news button, key on the keyboard. 3D rendering. Getty Images)

WIKIPEDIA says: Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. Fake news often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity or making money through advertising revenue. The term was first used in the 1890s when sensational reports in newspapers were common.

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