Leadership

“Fake News” must be challenged

With so many impressionable young people devouring online content every single day, how do they tell what’s real, what’s fake?
Young people reacting to news

A feature of 2017 has been the frequency with which reference has been made to “fake news” in the reporting of current affairs stories. Fortunately, the concept is not difficult to pin down. Speaking on the BBC radio programme Law in Action (2017), Magnus Boyd defines “fake news” as “false reporting, inaccurate content but dressed up as real news”. Joshua Rozenberg adds that it is “content deliberately designed to misinform and mislead”. 

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