The Crack Down on Fake News & Disinformation Should Start with Political Parties 

The Crack Down on Fake News & Disinformation Should Start with Political Parties 

A lot has been said about fake news in the media. There has been a lot of focus on Russian and rogue state interference in the politics of western nations including the UK and the US. Cambridge Analytica was accused of the great data hack and manipulation of voters in the US general election and in the UK Brexit vote. This is now becoming the norm. It itself is less of a shock and more of an expectation and the role of information operations and PsyOps from one nation on another has become known as the battleground for modern warfare.  

Because of all this and the media interest governments around the world have rightly pointed their fingers at the tech giants of Facebook, Twitter and Google (and beyond) to accuse, demand change and demand legislation. With each of these companies taking their own stance on freedom of information and data security, and the right of expression, despite their own hypocrisies' in this. 

The UK has announced new laws on tackling disinformation from fake news, criminal groups and foreign states and a new UK security force dedicated to tackling rogue information operations and carrying out offensive cyberwarfare on terrorist groups. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/gavin-williamson-ministry-of-defence-army-navy-mi6-cyber-warfare-mdp-a8676666.html 

Putting aside for a second that the UK government has labelled such groups as Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace as a terrorist on their Counter Terror lists https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/17/greenpeace-included-with-neo-nazis-on-uk-counter-terror-list 

And global pressures are building as Kofi Annan and others have been citing fringe groups as undermining democracy in Davos this past week https://www.reuters.com/article/us-davos-meeting-socialmedia/fringe-groups-undermine-democracy-via-social-media-kofi-annan-think-tank-idUSKBN1ZL2MG 

How long before they turn these technologists on the UK “terror threats” mentioned above who dare to question them? How long before a website and social media publisher such as this, Sleepless Dystopian, who questions the “information” put out by governments and big business, who exposes the techniques and technologies used to manipulate people is labelled as a “fringe group”? 

The government has said that these new powers and security forces will be focused on overseas threats to the UK but how true that is questionable based on their current record of honesty. And this brings me to the point of this article.  

These new laws on disinformation, this new security taskforce tackling fake news and propaganda how will they label, tag and decide what they will look at. Who will decide what is “fake news” what is “disinformation”? 

The Government? The people whose lies and disinformation we expose and point out via social media each day on our Facebook and Twitter accounts?  

The government and politicians of the UK when reports such as the one in ABC News in the US have ran headlines such as “UK election suggests disinformation spread by politicians may be a bigger threat in 2020 than Russians or ‘deepfakes’” 

https://abcnews.go.com/International/uk-election-suggests-disinformation-spread-politicians-bigger-threat/story?id=67784381 

We are not on our way to a dystopian society where governments and corporations look to manipulate and control us through information censorship and psychological operations, we are already there. 

With Trump being said to have lied 16,241 in his first three years in office and Boris’ clear track record on lying, along with with his government's hypocrisy who decides, where is the independence that holds even our political leaders to account for the misinformation they spread? 

This article was written by Sam our Founder, Editor and Chief Behavioural Anarchist. Sam is a Data-Driven Marketing and Behavioural Communication’s Strategist based in Telford, Shropshire in the UK.

Here he is a Writer on Behavioural Insights, Media, Communications, Data Science & Marketing Technology. Keeping a watchful eye and investigating the misuse of technology and behavioural science by big business, media, and politicians in manipulating online narratives to sway public opinion. All opinions are his own. :

All images on this site used under CC0 License
✓ Free for personal and commercial use
✓ No attribution required, however, we try to contribute to the artist if known.

Join our social community today! Be part of the conversation.

We have a wealth of digital, direct and data-driven marketing content for people looking to shape change by setting up their own business, social enterprise or cause. Membership is free and all we ask in turn is that you be part of the conversation with an aim to shaping positive change in the world. 

Editorial Team published an article
Body Language From Head To Foot
It is very essential to have the ability to read and understand another person's body language. Listening only to the words the other person is saying is not always enough. His or her body language can always tell if…
3 hours ago
Sam published an article
Coronavirus Information Overload: facts, information, misinformation and disinformation how do we make sense of which is which?  
The times we live in are riddled with information overload. From the mass media outlets that are arguably “real news”,…
Mar 28
Editorial Team published an article
If your business utilizes lots of pre-printed forms, buying budget forms can save quite a bit of money. Invoices, checks, envelopes, purchase orders, and contracts are all forms on which you can save money by locating inexpensive form sellers. You w…
Mar 20
Editorial Team published an article
Body Language Basics
People understand the concept of body language but don't really have a one-stop source for reference. In this article, I will attempt to share body language basics. This article will not be an exhaustive or detailed description…
Mar 9
Editorial Team published an article
Why a Reliable and Secure Offsite Backup Service is Necessary
If you own a business, no matter the size, you know exactly how important your data is - and how important having a secure offsite backup of that data can be. Data is what keeps your busi…
Mar 7
Editorial Team published an article
Budget car insurance is very helpful for those people who need only minimum car insurance coverage. There are many television commercials for companies specializing in budget auto insurance. These commercials emphasize providing budget insurance cov…
Feb 21
Editorial Team published an article
Body Language: Signs Of Falling In Love
How can you tell that a person is already falling in love with you? A person's body language can spell out his or her true feelings and intentions for you. A person in love has that certain glow every time he…
Feb 9
Editorial Team published an article
How to Use Online Data Storage at Home or at Work
Have you ever arrived at work, knowing that you needed a particular file you were working on at home, but you suddenly realized that you forgot it? Of course, a situation like that has happened to ju…
Feb 8
Sam published an article
It is not too far of a stretch to say that data is the 21st centuries crude oil. Big data is King, and the data scientist is the wizard that cast their spells within its kingdom. The reality, of course, is that for data to be so valuable it needs to…
Feb 4
Sam published an article
The Crack Down on Fake News & Disinformation Should Start with Political Parties 
A lot has been said about fake news in the media. There has been a lot of focus on Russian and rogue state interference in the politics of western nations including th…
Jan 26
Sam posted a video
Ready to start 2020 right? Listen to this INCREDIBLE motivational speech by Jordan Peterson. Trust us, You Will Never Look At Life The Same! Subscribe for Mo...
Jan 15
Sam posted a video
Yuval Noah Harari is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over 12 million copies and translated into more than 45 languages.  He’s often referred to as one of the most profound thinkers of our time.  And in this episode from the…
Jan 13
Editorial Team posted a video
NOTE FROM TED: We've flagged this talk, which was filmed at an independent TEDx event, because it falls outside TED's curatorial guidelines.

Note from Sleepless Dystopian As this page is not just all political and business media analysis in relati…
Jan 12
Editorial Team published an article
A budget calculator can help you determine your financial health. Not only can a budgetary calculator show you your current money situation, but you can also use it to look at other scenarios. For example, if you get a raise you can see how this aff…
Jan 11
Editorial Team published an article
Why Online Data Storage Backup is an Excellent Choice for the Home or Office
Backing up our data is something we do far too rarely, so it makes sense that we should try out every option we can to make the process easier, less time consuming, and mor…
Jan 11
Editorial Team published an article
How can a person show his affection to another person without telling him or her? And how can one know that he or she is indeed attracted? Body language. One's body language is an obvious way of telling someone how he feels and what he wants to say.…
Jan 9
More…