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Fake news epidemic: Journalism in the post-truth era

Fake news epidemic: Journalism in the post-truth era

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THE MEDIA is under attack. Releasing content on different platforms—print, broadcast, and online—the media has always been a trusted source of news and information. But in the past few months, the Philippines has seen a surge of fake news posted on social media sites, and even with real information being a click away, there are online users who choose to believe fabricated stories. With fake news sowing confusion within media consumers, legitimate news sources are now discredited and getting attacks from readers. These incidents signal the post-truth era, in which readers tend to believe news that appeal to their emotions rather than those that contain facts and logical arguments. In the time of developing technology, how is fake news created and what are its implications on j
Institution for info verification necessary, ex-solicitor general says

Institution for info verification necessary, ex-solicitor general says

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN AND JANYN MONTEALEGRE A FORMER solicitor general stressed the country’s need for an institution that would combat the spread of fake news. Atty. Florin Hilbay, who has also raised concerns on the same issue in a Senate hearing, said an institute for the integrity of information should be established because it is difficult for “traditional checks-and-balances” bodies such as the Office of the Ombudsman and the press to work in a climate of unverified information. “You need to have that kind of institute to protect the value of information. [...] Truth is important for opinion formation, and if the value of truth goes down, your opinions, the quality of your information will also go down,” Hilbay said. “This is a problem that was never envisioned by