Google and Facebook should be regulated to help people spot ‘quality news’, UK report says

When tech giants such as Facebook, Apple, and Google display news, they should do so under  regulatory scrutiny, an official UK report recommends. 

The Cairncross review — a report on the future of the UK news industry providing regulators with recommendations for the future of the news industry — said online platforms should be obligated to help their users better understand the origin of a news article and help them detect whether or not a news story is trustworthy.  

“Government should place an obligation on the larger online platforms to improve how their users understand the origin of an article of news and the trustworthiness of its source, thereby helping readers identify what “good” or “quality” news looks like,” the report says.  Read more…

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