Disinformation remains the biggest threat to democracy and security and to combat this, Internet giants Google, Facebook and Twitter have been in an alliance to fight fake news for quite sometimes. Now, joining in the battle is the BBC, which is expected to help neuter falsehood as well as add new energy to the campaign against its spread.
The companies have hinted that they will be considering innovative and better techniques to help achieve their goal. These include establishing an early warning system that will allow the organizations to sport and alert each other in case fake or incomplete news that seeks to demean democracy or threaten security stability surfaces.
Other efforts will involve educating the public on ways they can identify and stop the spread of misinformation. This will mostly target topics relating to elections, voting and government-related updates. The BBC hints that more details will be shared ‘at a late date,’ on how this would be done.
Owing to the fact that we are a few months to the U.S. 2020 presidential election, it is clear that the collaboration is not by chance. We can say it’s an early game plan to avoid a repeat of the allegations that led to the over published court case that the internet giants faced after the disputed 2016’s State House race. Reports were that the current sitting president of the United States and his allies used social media platform to campaign using misinformation.
Rumors in the public domain hint that the companies have already set up intelligence agencies and machinery to tackle the potential spread of disinformation and that they welcome any collaboration from interested parties that can help neuter fake news and its spread.
What makes BBC an effective player in the game, despite being based outside the US is because it is an international news channel with great impact overseas as well as in the States.