UK GOVERNMENT BANS THE "FAKE NEWS" LABEL TO FACILITATE FURTHER CENSORSHIP | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


UK GOVERNMENT BANS THE "FAKE NEWS" LABEL TO FACILITATE FURTHER CENSORSHIP

The motivation behind this move is that the government thinks that the word is too broad and is urging people to employ more specific phrases such as “disinformation” and “misinformation” instead.

The most troubling aspect about all of this, however, is that the British government could abuse this new stance to censor free speech on social media. The Telegraph reported that the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS) Committee, whose inquiry prompted this policy, wrote in its interim report earlier this summer that “With such a shared definition, and clear guidelines for companies, organisations, and the Government to follow, there will be a shared consistency of meaning across the platforms, which can be used as the basis of regulation and enforcement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very politely like to remind those in the UK who came up with this codswallop, (and yes, that same country which gave the world the Magna Carta) that the novel "1984" is a cautionary tale; not a how-to manual.

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