Whatever you may think "wrong-think" is, we're talking about people being lynched and beaten to death thanks to rumours.There is nothing to be done other than total state control of the internet, total surveillance and the ability to disconnect anybody within moments of wrong-think being identified. We will all have to use our real names and a fixed IP number tagged to our state ID number. Wrong-think can then be punished by removal of your State ID number, which will be tied into you credit card, which will be your only method of obtaining food and any goods and services. It will also be your front door key, so you will be homeless. There was a sci-fi novel about this back in the 70s or early 80s but I forget the title and author, but not his very prescient ideas about how our electronic future will end up. After that rant I'm of for some tasty new food called, I think, soylent green, all wrapped up in a fake newspaper printed by your State.
I really don't see anything that can be done other than total control or shutting it all down, which will not happen. If in a village someone posts a false rumour to attack another person, that rumour can be spread in minutes, and the mob out with their pitchforks soon after. How can some techie sitting in an office miles away know this is fake, and has any ability to stop it before a lynching takes place, they cannot, only bemoan after the event. How can the techie, or machine, know that any messages that contain certain words and phrases is real or a joke, they cannot. Look at the state of Youtube these days where for "public safety" anything deemed "bad" by Youtube is pulled, unless it conforms with certain political beliefs, and that is another can of worms, though related, hence my use of "wrong-think". It's all connected.Whatever you may think "wrong-think" is, we're talking about people being lynched and beaten to death thanks to rumours.
They risk nothing ...
the main problem is that if a newspaper publishes fake news, sooner or later the corporation owning that newspaper will lose readers and so money. If someone launches fake news on the net ... he won't lose money.
The case reminds the Great Witch Hunting which caused the death of not a few lonely old women suspected to be evil witches.
There would be a legal way to stop this: to consider the owners of the internet sites responsible for the crime ... in this case it's homicide: 15 - 20 years in an ugly prison.
In EU we are doing something similar about copyrighted contents ... I think that it should be enlarged to news.
If the entire management of Google risked to spend 15 years in prison because of a single fake news ... it will take action!
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