(forbes.com) Overlooked George Sehremelis realized that Americans were relying on social media to find news stories but were frustrated by the role Facebook and Twitter played in disseminating fake neews…
According to studies*, people today inform themselves about the world primarily through social media. The middle-aged at Facebook, the younger ones at Instagram and still very young at Snapchat, TikTok and Twitch. From these portals — and especially from their friends who are on the move there — they get their insights about the world. This creates an immediate world — a world they trust, a world they share with their narrow peer group. But this world is neither warm nor safe, it is shaken by threats that many of these users are not even aware of — and that will be much stronger in the future.
A guide to anti-misinformation actions around the world
By Daniel Funke and Daniela Flamini
BRUSSELS — In mid-March 2018, a European Commission high-level group published its final report on
misinformation, drawing upon the input of experts from around the world
who gathered over several weeks to help the European Union figure out
what to do about misinformation.
The report created by the high-level group — announced in November 2017 to help the EU craft policies to address growing concern about misinformation in Europe — contains an inclusive, collaborative approach to addressing misinformation around the world (Disclosure: Poynter attended the meetings as one of the experts).
The report, while imperfect, explicitly recommends not
regulating against misinformation — but the EU is only one of many
governing bodies that have sought to stem the flow of online
misinformation over the past few months.
In the spirit of this confusion, explained in detail in a Council of Europe report,
Poynter has created a guide for existing attempts to legislate against
what can broadly be referred to as online misinformation. While not
every law contained here relates to misinformation specifically, they’ve
all often been wrapped into that broader discussion. We have attempted
to label different interventions as clearly as possible.
Since these efforts seem to be announced weekly, this article will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you catch an error or know of an update in one of our summaries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Google Form at the bottom of this page and we’ll update as soon as possible.