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    Finland fights Disinformation

    Brexit and Trump are proof that disinformation is the biggest urgent threat to western democracies.

    How Finland fights the fake news trolls https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48401922

    For the past five years, trolling, threats and harassment have been a part of daily life for Jessikka Aro, a journalist at Finland's national broadcaster, Yle.

    It started in 2014 when she began to investigate what she calls "Russian troll factories" - places where people are paid to manufacture and spread deliberately misleading information.

    But the impact of disinformation isn't limited to one person. Mindful of their country's long and often difficult history with Russia, Finland's government decided to take action against the spread of fake news.

    Now, they think they've found a way to fight back, using public education campaigns to spread awareness of the risks disinformation poses.
    “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde
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    Quote Originally Posted by firstfloor View Post
    Brexit and Trump are proof that disinformation is the biggest urgent threat to western democracies.

    How Finland fights the fake news trolls https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48401922
    PSAs? That's their "weapon" to fight fake news?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    PSAs? That's their "weapon" to fight fake news?
    They should just invade Russia. #zerotolerance
    Hofstadter's Law: It will always take longer than you expect, even if you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

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    Where's Chawnrus when we need him? He can singlehandedly stop fake news for Finland!

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    Quote Originally Posted by firstfloor View Post
    Brexit and Trump are proof that disinformation is the biggest urgent threat to western democracies.

    How Finland fights the fake news trolls https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48401922
    It would be an odd twist if the fake news in Finland is coming from a source other than its own media and its own government, as is so common in today's European countries.

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    I'm curious why any specific journalist in Finland would be targeted just for doing articles about Russian trolls. How did she identify that people in Russia were hounding her? And is this hounding basically concerning the countering of news about Russia and the Ukraine? Is Jessikka's news about Russia and the Ukraine accurate? Or is she just pushing to get Finland into NATO?

    Where's Chrawnus ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Where's Chawnrus when we need him? He can singlehandedly stop fake news for Finland!
    Meh

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    Trump seems to welcome foreign disinformation campaigns by calling them opposition research.
    “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.” ― Oscar Wilde
    “You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” ― Anne Lamott
    “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” ― Bertrand Russell

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