FAKE NEWS!!

Hobbit

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In the last 24 hours I've had 5 significant news items shared to my Facebook page by family and friends. When I looked into each of them, either looking for independent corroboration or more detail, they've all been FAKE NEWS.

The last piece was about JustGiving taking £2,000,000 of the Captain Tom Moore donations as their commission. It finished with, "Share the hell out of this. I'm never using JustGiving again. JustGiving's commission is 3%, 3p in the pound. Bearing in mind the bank charges for each transaction and the need for a load of secure servers, 3p in the pound isn't a lot. And to cap it all, JustGiving donated £100,000 to Captain Tom's appeal. Imagine the damage this sort of thing does if people lose their trust in JustGiving.

Not that long ago there was a video doing the rounds on Facebook reputedly to be from a medic from Madrid crying about the decision to only put people under the age of 60 on vents, if they caught Corona Virus. A good friend, who lost her husband recently, who lives on her own out in the country rang me in tears about it. A few days later it was proven to be FAKE NEWS.

Earlier this week we had the Sunday Times piece, shared via Twitter. The reporter has been asked several times to prove his claims. He's refused, saying he wants to gold-plate it before he releases the detail. Maybe it is true, maybe it isn't but why release something so damning if he hasn't gold-plated it?

Tough times for everyone at present. Anxieties and emotions are all over the place, not to mention the mental health issues.

Out of curiosity I did a search on FAKE NEWS sites detected by Facebook and Twitter. Totally gobsmacked. There has been thousands of accounts closed down for disseminating FAKE NEWS. Not the accounts that have shared it, but the accounts that started each item. Nearly 3,000 of those sites were from Iran, with Russia and China being next. The odd account by the odd weirdo but so many from one place?
 

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Might be the safest place to falsely end the trail ..
I am a bit of the opinion the internet should be a club. So disconnecting people from it who persistently cause issues would be great ... nice big switch .. flick .. and off.
 

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Apart from the odd thing, usually quizzes, jokes or photos, I share very little news. If it is a significant news piece, I've researched it/corroborated it and the chances are everyone has seen it anyway.
 

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There was a really interesting piece on the BBC with a guy who claims to be one of the most prolific in the world, and his reasoning behind it. I think some start out with good intentions, trying to scare people into action/rooting out more extreme views in comments etc, but a lot of it just plays on emotions and especially fear. It's a really sad state of affairs that the media is so vilified now that any thing can just be written off as fake regardless of scrutiny.
 

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In the last 24 hours I've had 5 significant news items shared to my Facebook page by family and friends. When I looked into each of them, either looking for independent corroboration or more detail, they've all been FAKE NEWS.

The last piece was about JustGiving taking £2,000,000 of the Captain Tom Moore donations as their commission. It finished with, "Share the hell out of this. I'm never using JustGiving again. JustGiving's commission is 3%, 3p in the pound. Bearing in mind the bank charges for each transaction and the need for a load of secure servers, 3p in the pound isn't a lot. And to cap it all, JustGiving donated £100,000 to Captain Tom's appeal. Imagine the damage this sort of thing does if people lose their trust in JustGiving.

Not that long ago there was a video doing the rounds on Facebook reputedly to be from a medic from Madrid crying about the decision to only put people under the age of 60 on vents, if they caught Corona Virus. A good friend, who lost her husband recently, who lives on her own out in the country rang me in tears about it. A few days later it was proven to be FAKE NEWS.

Earlier this week we had the Sunday Times piece, shared via Twitter. The reporter has been asked several times to prove his claims. He's refused, saying he wants to gold-plate it before he releases the detail. Maybe it is true, maybe it isn't but why release something so damning if he hasn't gold-plated it?

Tough times for everyone at present. Anxieties and emotions are all over the place, not to mention the mental health issues.

Out of curiosity I did a search on FAKE NEWS sites detected by Facebook and Twitter. Totally gobsmacked. There has been thousands of accounts closed down for disseminating FAKE NEWS. Not the accounts that have shared it, but the accounts that started each item. Nearly 3,000 of those sites were from Iran, with Russia and China being next. The odd account by the odd weirdo but so many from one place?
I read one that Corona Virus had run riot through patients in our local community Hospital, followed by numerous posts supporting it. I asked a neighbour who works there and was told they only have six beds used normally for convalescence patients but were not being used at this time due to the staff moving to assist in the regional hospital.
 
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