In the years since the Brexit vote, the UK has witnessed a surge in online propaganda, which has been blamed for the country’s dramatic fall in trust in the press.
And in the aftermath of Brexit, a lot of the blame has been laid at the feet of the mainstream media, which have failed to take responsibility for the news and misinformation spread by the likes of Russia Today (RT) and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
But in an increasingly digital world, where the internet has been replaced by social media and new platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram have allowed for more direct communication, how do you know when the mainstream news media is deliberately spreading misinformation?
We spoke to two experts to find out.
As the digital age continues to redefine the relationship between news and opinion, the question is: how do we keep our eyes on the ball?
In a digital world that has seen a number of scandals, some of which have already led to the removal of media outlets from their newsroom, what do you think needs to change in the future to ensure that the mainstream press does not take advantage of a new medium to spread misinformation?
As a society, it’s important to know when a news outlet is pushing misinformation, as that can be a problem for people.
What we need to do is monitor and make sure we don’t see a pattern where the media are pushing misinformation.
That’s something we need the institutions and the government to do.
There’s a lot to be said for people making sure that there is a real balance of truth and information.
There is a difference between reporting what’s true and the information that people actually believe.
And that’s what we need now.
The Alternative for Berlin, a far-left political party, recently set up a fake news website, The Alternative, to spread disinformation.
As part of its campaign to spread propaganda, it used fake news stories to claim that the city of Dresden, Germany had recently been engulfed in a fire that killed at least 100 people.
This led to a backlash from local residents, and the site was eventually removed.
The internet is a great medium for spreading disinformation, as it has a huge amount of social media followers, and can provide the perfect platform for disseminating misinformation.
In the UK, we’ve seen a lot more fake news in the past year, including the fake claims that the Queen was dead.
It’s a matter of reporting it accurately and putting it out there, but it’s also important to make sure that we don-want to spread fake news.
A lot of these sites are simply replicating the information, and we can’t stop that.
We need to be careful about what we are publishing and what we’re not.
The information we are sharing is always sourced and researched by experts, so we’re trying to be vigilant.
But we have a very real problem in this country.
What are the best ways to combat the spread of misinformation?
First, we need more transparency.
As soon as the mainstream outlets are exposed, it will be harder for them to continue to spread false information.
This is something that we need as a society.
But as we have seen in the UK and elsewhere, when the truth is exposed and exposed again, people will start to be more sceptical and more scepticistic about the mainstream narrative.
So what can be done to prevent the spread?
One thing we can do is stop and think about the bigger picture.
The truth is that we are living in a very uncertain time, as we face a number the world over, from climate change to globalisation, from migration to refugees.
What does it mean for us as a human species, as a nation, to be in this kind of uncertain environment?
The truth needs to be told and we need a society that is willing to do so.
So there are a number issues that we have to deal with, but one of them is the fact that we live in a world where a lot lies.
And this has to be acknowledged and acknowledged by all of us.
So we have got to be very careful and we have had to change our way of doing things.
So I would say that the most important thing is that journalists need to stop trying to create fake news and start being honest about what they do.
If we do that, it could have a big impact on the future of journalism in the country.
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