Fake news

Russian agency ‘created fake left-wing news site’
Computer, internet, laptop, Facebook
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Russian agency ‘created fake left-wing news site’

Facebook says real reporters were hired by fake editors to write about US corruption
2 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Covid rulebreakers ‘out of control’
UK lockdown coronavirus
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Covid rulebreakers ‘out of control’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 7 July
7 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit
Keir Starmer
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 29 June
29 Jun 2020
EU blames Russia and China for Covid-19 ‘disinformation’
Ursula von der Leyen
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EU blames Russia and China for Covid-19 ‘disinformation’

Allegation marks first time Brussels has pointed finger at Beijing
11 Jun 2020
Instant Opinion: Drop war bluster over coronavirus
China
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Instant Opinion: Drop war bluster over coronavirus

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 9 April
9 Apr 2020
How the government is targeting coronavirus misinformation
coronavirus
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How the government is targeting coronavirus misinformation

Dedicated Whitehall unit set up to counter rumours and fake news
10 Mar 2020
Doomsday Clock 2020: world ‘100 seconds from annihilation’
Nuclear test mushroom cloud above Mururoa Atoll
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Doomsday Clock 2020: world ‘100 seconds from annihilation’

Threat of nuclear conflict, climate change and artificial intelligence push Doomsday Clock forward
24 Jan 2020

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Could Russia interfere in the UK election?
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Could Russia interfere in the UK election?

Boris Johnson accused of suppressing report assessing security threat posed by Kremlin-sponsored disinformation
1 Nov 2019
How Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law works
Singapore skyline
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How Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law works

Controversial bill allows authorities to flag and remove posts said to be false
2 Oct 2019
Can Google and Facebook news be regulated?
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Can Google and Facebook news be regulated?

Government probe urges tech firms to push users towards more reliable sources
12 Feb 2019
Daily Mail hits out over ‘fake news’ rating by Microsoft app
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Daily Mail hits out over ‘fake news’ rating by Microsoft app

NewsGuard plug-in says the newspaper’s site ‘fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability’
24 Jan 2019
Over-65s ‘seven times more likely’ to share fake news online
Social media giants set to reveal extent of Russian election interference
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Over-65s ‘seven times more likely’ to share fake news online

Survey finds almost one in ten Facebook users may have spread false or misleading content during 2016 US election
10 Jan 2019
What’s driving India’s fake news problem?
Whatsapp, India
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What’s driving India’s fake news problem?

Research by BBC links spread of misinformation to nationalism
12 Nov 2018
Will Trump’s attacks on journalists incite violence?
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Will Trump’s attacks on journalists incite violence?

UN Human Rights Council says US president’s ‘vitriolic’ rhetoric is ‘designed to undermine confidence in reporting’
13 Aug 2018
Data illegally harvested from 50 million Facebook users
Facebook
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Data illegally harvested from 50 million Facebook users

Use of private data by Cambridge Analytica in attempt to influence US election sparks calls for new regulation
19 Mar 2018
Was MPs’ £30,000 US trip for ‘fake news’ hearing worth it?
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Was MPs’ £30,000 US trip for ‘fake news’ hearing worth it?

Committee jets to Washington for one-day meeting with social media giants
9 Feb 2018
How Britain’s fake news ‘spy’ unit will operate
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How Britain’s fake news ‘spy’ unit will operate

New national security outfit will be tasked with stopping ‘disinformation by state actors’
24 Jan 2018
Should the UK adopt European-style fake news laws?
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Should the UK adopt European-style fake news laws?

France, Germany and Ireland propose tough new rules designed to remove or block hateful posts and fabricated content
4 Jan 2018
Facebook ditches fake news warnings
Facebook has been accused of helping spread fake news
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Facebook ditches fake news warnings

Research says flagging articles may actually entrench deeply held beliefs
22 Dec 2017
Facebook to help Italy prevent fake news ahead of election
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Facebook to help Italy prevent fake news ahead of election

Ruling party and opposition urge web giants to help stop spread of false information and propaganda
27 Nov 2017
Google to target Russian disinformation
Russian state-media is accused of using Google to influence last year's US election
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Google to target Russian disinformation

Search giant facing criticism for promoting state-sponsored fake news
22 Nov 2017
Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism?
Catalonia Parliament
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Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism?

Fake social media accounts allegedly spread propaganda to stoke Spanish independence row
9 Nov 2017
‘Fake news’ named Word of the Year
Donald Trump announces new travel bans including North Korea
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‘Fake news’ named Word of the Year

Trump’s catchphrase beats ‘Corbynmania’ and ‘gig economy’ in Collins Dictionary’s shortlist
2 Nov 2017
Fake news king Paul Horner dies of suspected drug overdose
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Fake news king Paul Horner dies of suspected drug overdose

Horner twice impersonated Banksy and claimed to have put Trump in the White House
28 Sep 2017
Will fake news hit Kenya's presidential election?
Kenyan reading newspaper
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Will fake news hit Kenya's presidential election?

Bogus results claiming false polling results could lead to fresh bout of violence
7 Aug 2017