Fake news is a threat to democracy, says Barack Obama
US president Brack Obama has expressed that growth and spread of fake news online would be a threat to democracy.
“If we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems,” Obama said during a joint press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Obama termed the fake news as ‘active misinformation’. Active misinformation is packaged very well” and “looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television”, said Obama.
“If everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect,” Obama added.
“We won’t know what to fight for. And we can lose so much of what we’ve gained in terms of the kind of democratic freedoms and market-based economies and prosperity that we’ve come to take for granted.”
As per the study reports of BuzzFeed, during the last three months of US Presidential election,fake news stories outperformed on facebook. A majority of the top stories had favoured President-elect Donald Trump.
On the other hand, both Facebook and Google have announced plans to restrict websites that post fake news.