Category Archives: Fake News

‘Total’ information warfare a threat to democracy: CSIS report

OTTAWA— Welcome to the age of “total information warfare.”

A startling new report released by Canada’s spy agency suggests Western democracies are facing a wide range of threats from disinformation and propaganda campaigns.

The culprits range from a 20-something in Kosovo pushing out “fake news” to make a quick buck, to hyper-partisans trying to influence domestic politics, to sophisticated influence campaigns from hostile nations trying to exploit existing divisions in Western society.

But the report points to a common thread: the use of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to publish disinformation at a time when traditional journalism’s authority is under threat.


Traditional journalism’s authority? Partisan rags like the Star squandered that long ago. It’s only going to get worse when Justin put’s them on the payroll. The gatekeeper’s committed suicide, we didn’t kill them.

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CNN Denies Planting ‘Scripted’ Questions At Town Hall — Video Evidence Makes Their Entire Explanation Fall Apart

CNN reached out directly to The Daily Caller to deny the claim made by a Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor in regard to Wednesday night’s gun safety town hall in Florida.

Colton Haab, a JROTC enlistee who has previously spoken with media outlets about how he helped his peers seek shelter during the shooting, did not take part in Wednesday’s event on the grounds that CNN attempted to plant “scripted” questions for him to ask.

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Fake News! Canadian Government Denies Justin Trudeau Is Castro’s Half-Wit Progeny

No, Fidel Castro Is Not Canada PM Trudeau’s Father

A story claiming that Fidel Castro was the father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not true. The Canadian government denied it, Cuba has never claimed it and Trudeau’s parents never visited Cuba until several years after Justin Trudeau was born.

The Feb. 1 suicide of Castro’s oldest son, Fidelito, spurred the most recent report on several sites, claiming that Fidelito left a suicide note referring to Justin Trudeau as his half-brother. A theory that Castro was Trudeau’s father was also shared widely on social media after Castro’s death in 2016, when Trudeau caused an uproar over remarks praising the late Cuban leader.

The Canadian government denied the reports this week. Justin Trudeau was born on Dec. 25, 1971, to the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife, Margaret.

I don’t believe any of this. Denial proves it’s true.

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MALCOLM: If Trudeau’s going to crack down on ‘fake news’, he needs to define the term

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants social media companies to crack down on what he considers “fake news.”

According to a recent media report, Trudeau met with top executives at Facebook and told them to fix their algorithms to prevent the spread of so-called fake news.

He didn’t simply ask Facebook to investigate the supposed problem, he threatened action – including stricter regulations from Ottawa – if the social media giant failed to comply with his demands.

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Why Are European Governments So Terrified of ‘Fake News’?

“I also thought that Islam was just a normal religion, but then I read the Koran and became shocked by the hatred that exists there, the misogyny… The more Islam takes over, the more we compromise. Islam is a totalitarian ideology, which means dictatorship. So, I believe that our democratic system is in danger… I hate no people. What I hate is ideology, Islam. One can criticize fascism or Nazism, but why not Islam? Why should Islam have any protection status?” — Denny, on trial in Sweden for “incitement to hatred” for calling Islam “a fascist ideology” on Facebook. If found guilty, he faces up to two years in prison.

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Rapid response will be central to new French anti-fake news law

“The measures that we will be working on from now until March are to create a law about ‘confidence in information’ that will permit us to act very quickly when a fake news story goes viral, particularly during an election period,” said Nyssen in an interview with Journal du Dimanche on February 4.

I’m pretty sure we all know where this is leading.

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The “Fake News” Crusade to “Protect” You from Free Speech

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,” George Orwell wrote in his ant-totalitarian novel, 1984. He would probably have frowned upon the latest UK Government blueprint to create a regulatory agency that will ultimately strangle freedom of expression.

Scrutiny against “Fake News,” is undoubtedly a positive development. It means that at least people are questioning the news they are consuming. Yes, it is a problem that so much disinformation and misinformation exists. It is, however, a far bigger problem if they do not. The public’s resolve should be that disinformation is not combated by a regulatory body controlled by Government. Individual arguments, with evidence, is what belongs in a democracy, which can only survive if it is a marketplace of ideas.

If having a Government body decide what can and cannot be published – thereby creating a culture of both official censorship and self-censorship — is not enough to concern you, the briefest glance at what this newly created British body would consider “Fake News” should send you running into the street.

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Europe: Making Totalitarianism Great Again

The European Union is intensifying its efforts to censor and marginalize voices that disagree with its policies, under the convenient euphemism of combating “fake news”.

“The Commission needs to look into the challenges the online platforms create for our democracies as regards the spreading of fake information and initiate a reflection on what would be needed at EU level to protect our citizens,” wrote Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, in May 2017. How considerate that Juncker, in totalitarian fashion, wishes to protect EU citizens from news that does not fit the Commission’s narratives and agendas.

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GROAN: Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Grammy Awards Cameo, Reading ‘Fire And Fury’

Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards Sunday night as part of a parade of musicians reading excerpts from “Fire And Fury,” the gossip book about President Donald Trump released just weeks ago.

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Source: Strzok Hadn’t Seen Evidence Of Collusion After 10 Months On Russia Probe

After 10 months of leading the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, counterintelligence official Peter Strzok had not seen compelling evidence that President Trump or high-level campaign officials colluded with the Russian government, according to a person familiar with his thinking.

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Trump reacts to NYT report he tried to fire Mueller: ‘Fake news, fake news. Typical New York Times’

President Trump slammed a New York Times report claiming he had “ordered the firing” of special counsel Robert Mueller in June 2017, just weeks after the former Obama FBI director was appointed to investigate Russian meddling.

“Fake news, fake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories,” Trump told reporters Friday at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland.

Ooops… Sean Hannity Is Forced To Admit That Fox News Confirmed The NYT Report On Robert Mueller

Bear in mind that Trump can fire Mueller and discussing the option is not a crime especially in light of the FBI texts highlighting what may yet prove to be a conspiracy to frame Trump.

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