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To Stop Fake News, Online Journalism Needs a Global Watchdog 


Added 11-06-19 01:34:02pm EST - “Without regulations that push search engines and social media companies to prioritize reliable and truthful sources of information, propaganda and censored content will dominate digital?” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “To Stop Fake News, Online Journalism Needs a Global Watchdog ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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In September, the Guardian revealed the moderation rules of TikTok, the video platform used by hundreds of millions of young people across the world.

The newspaper demonstrated how the Chinese-owned platform bans “criticism/attack towards policies, social rules of any country, such as constitutional monarchy, monarchy, parliamentary system, separation of powers, socialism system, etc.” Also banned is a list of “foreign leaders or sensitive figures,” including past and present leaders of North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as prohibited historical events, including the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, the May 1998 riots in Indonesia, and the genocide in Cambodia.

TikTok is the international version of the Chinese app Douyin. TikTok itself is not available on Chinese app stores, but both applications are owned by the same company, the Chinese social media giant ByteDance. The app also has local moderation policies. In Turkey, TikTok barred criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as depictions of “non-Islamic gods” and images of alcohol consumption and same-sex relationships—neither of which are actually illegal in Turkey.

A restrictive platform imposing a bias inspired by a despotic regime on a global audience means developers are self-censoring before criticism comes. That pattern has played out repeatedly when it comes to technology and China, from Apple removing tools such as virtual private networks (VPNs) from its store there to Hollywood avoiding plotlines that might anger Beijing.

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