Spotting Fakes

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From top: Stepehen Rae; Tweet from Minister for Communications Denis Naughton

Stephen Rae was invited by the commission to join the group, which will advise the European Commission on all issues in relation to the spread of false information across traditional and social media, and how to cope with the consequences.

The group’s first meeting will take place in Brussels next Monday.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Rae said: “We have seen the widespread damage that can be done by the wilful dissemination of false information on social media platforms.

“I look forward to meeting and exchanging views with my colleagues on the Expert Group as we advise the European Commission on dealing with this complex challenge, which has major social and political consequences for citizens.”

INM chief appointed to EU expert group against ‘fake news’ (RTÉ)

Previously: Meanwhile, On Denisty

Update:

Hmm.

26 thoughts on “Spotting Fakes

  1. adolf von sausage

    very hard not to disagree with Gemma on this one. I know for a fact that the herald regularly use court stories that are up to six weeks old. as a daily paper, The courts stories used should be from the day before. is that not fake news…

  2. GiggidyGoo

    How many apologies has Gerry Adams extracted from INM due to lies – fake news in other words?

      1. Brother Barnabas

        that’s not what she said at all

        she questioned why blair took such an interest in the mccann case “when 380 children go missing in the UK every year”. it’s a fair (but not all that interesting) question.

        1. Rob_G

          Then why did she bring Donegal into it at all? She is a conspiracy theorist who occasionally does good journalism.

          (I left out the word ‘Donegal’ from my first post, apologies).

          1. Brother Barnabas

            because her not-all-that controversial suggestion is that blair took added interest in the case because both families (his and the mccanns) have a connection to the same part of donegal – and when blair and gerry mccann, it came up in conversation

            she’s accusing blair of giving preferential treatment to the mccanns (in terms of time, attention, allocation of police resources etc). I don’t think there’s any doubt he did… it was the big media story of the day and blair courted publicity and popularity.

            that’s a long way from claiming he was involved in the child’s abduction

    1. Ger Mc

      I have seen that on twitter. Mad stuff and Village who I always supported although they pissed me off when they didn’t support the water charges are going to go to print with it. Crazy lads just crazy . This is fake news and seeing that village are going to post this can they tell me if they have set up fake accounts to follow them cos they look fake to me
      https://twitter.com/MurphyPaula11
      https://twitter.com/qualitynow

    2. Ger Mc

      I have seen that on twitter. Mad stuff and Village who I always supported although they pissed me off when they didn’t support the water charges are going to go to print with it. Crazy lads just crazy . This is fake news and seeing that village are going to post this can they tell me if they have set up fake accounts to follow them cos they look fake to me
      https://twitter.com/MurphyPaula11
      https://twitter.com/qualitynow

        1. Ger Mc

          yeah it is mad. just noticed it recently. I always have alook at people who like and retweet the ones I follow . it just looks like they set these accounts up to like their stuff . it’s a bit weird and doesn’t look good for what should be a serious magazine although they do pull a lot of stunts for attention. it looks really bad. the mccann case is just an example.

          1. Ger Mc

            nah am sane as can be. Just wanted to know if they were fake accounts . i think they are.
            Yours

            No Water Charges

  3. Gay Tea Shop

    They’re all about n on it. The Irish Times/ INM set. Surprised they didn’t appoint Anne Harris.

  4. Otis Blue

    Top trolling by Denis Naughton to be fair.

    Probably the best from Leinster House since the bould Bertie appointed Liam Lawlor (RIP) to vice chair of the House Ethics Committee.

  5. Truth in the News

    The likes of Rea should be exposed in particular in relation to the penalty points
    issue and the place to expose it is in the European Parliament.
    There is also a need to expose the writing off of certain INM debts by Irish Banks
    owned by the Government, is this not a form subsidy contrary to European Competition
    Rules….who lobbied who to fill the position

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