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This past weekend I was inundated with fake news, from all sides.  Almost immediately I had the same dread and anger that I had in 2016. No matter the source, it should both a corporate and a personal responsibility for us all to stop fake news at every opportunity, not mindlessly forward it. Certainly, we need to hold the media responsible if they write fake news. This should involve the government and legislation, to protect the greater good.  

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Some very interesting reading with the UK Parliament taking the lead on a problem every other democracy has chosen to ignore.

Make tech companies liable for use of “harmful and misleading material” on their sites – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

Disinformation and ‘fake news’ interim report published by Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

With more elections looming, fake news must be tackled now | Matthew d’Ancona | Opinion | The Guardian

Within 12 months we could have a second referendum, local elections and a general election, says Guardian columnist Matthew d’Ancona

British MPs said fake news is causing a ‘crisis in our democracy’ – INSIDER

Lawmakers blasted Facebook and Google for allowing the spread of misinformation and hypertargeted political advertising on their platforms, and called on the government to push for more transparency and regulation.

UK ‘fake news’ report calls for tougher rules, fines for social media companies

If the recommendations are adopted, it will radically change how the UK deals with social media companies.

Fake news threatens the future of UK democracy: report

Parliamentary committee calls on government to tighten laws on tech companies and clean up ‘wild west’ social media.

Facebook suspends Trump-supporting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

San Francisco: US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for bullying and hate speech and is close to having pages tied to him and his Infowars website removed from the platform, the social media network said. The radio host’s personal profile was banned for 30 days after it was found to have uploaded four videos published on pages maintained by Jones and Infowars that went against community standards, Facebook said.

NSA criticized for ‘increased risk’ of jeopardizing civil liberties

The criticism comes after a fight over unauthorized searches of digital and electronic records by the National Security Agency.

Trump’s fight against ‘unpatriotic’ media intensifies

President Trump’s relationship with the press hit a new low after the president unleashed a multi-tweet frenzy Sunday accusing the “unpatriotic” mainstream media of endangering American lives by generating negative coverage on the mechanics of the Trump administration.

Trump and The New York Times met to discuss ‘anti-press rhetoric’

Statement of A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher, The New York Times, in Response to President Trump’s Tweet About Their Meeting | The New York Times Company

Donald Trump, A.G. Sulzberger escalate news media battle – Washington Times

One of the most media-accessible presidents in modern history is taking on an ever-growing share of the White House communications role as his clashes with the press sharpen.

NYT Responds To Trump Tweet About ‘Fake News’ Meeting With Publisher A.G. Sulzberger

“I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” the Times’ publisher said in a statement Sunday.

Trump And ‘New York Times’ Publisher Clash Over Their Private Meeting : NPR

A private meeting between President Trump and A.G. Sulzberger was suddenly public when Trump tweeted about it Sunday morning. Sulzberger then responded with his own account of what happened.

Times publisher warned Trump about labeling journalists as enemies

For all his taunting of the “failing” New York Times, the President Donald Trump hometown paper still has a hold on him.

Scaramucci: Trump’s attitude toward reporters ‘galvanizes the press’ against him | TheHill

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci warned President Trump on Sunday that his antagonistic approach to the press “galvanizes” the media against him.

Mike Pence defends White House banning CNN reporter from press event – AOL News

Vice President Mike Pence stood by the White House’ decision to ban a CNN reporter from a press event last week, citing the need to maintain  “decorum.”