A powerful talk about the need to do more to counter the false news that it has opened the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) 2018 conference in Vancouver.
The journalist Olga Yurkova describes a false history in which the army of the Ukrainian was supposedly “crucified” at three years of age, son.
The story, reported by the Russian state media, came from a woman who claims to be a refugee.
“The only problem was that the story was not true,” explained Ms Yurkova.
That – and the stories that led to co-founding StopFake, a fact-checking web site created to counter the propaganda of Russian in Ukraine.
Refugees, Galyna Pyshnyak, was actually the wife of a pro-Russian militant.
The crucifixion never occurred, and until the place of the event was made.
“The story said that the army had met the locals on the Square of Lenin in the city of Seovyansk, but the square does not exist.”
The story is not only to fool a lot of people in Ukraine and Russia, but also led directly to the people “take up arms”, Ms Yurkova said.
She told the TED audience that false news, it represented a threat “to democracy and to society.”
“Ukraine has been the object of propaganda Russian for four years and now false news that is happening around the world,” he told the TED audience.
“People no longer know what is real and what is false, and a lot of people have stopped believing in anything at all. This is even more dangerous.”
StopFake was launched in the year 2014, specifically to deal with false news, in Ukraine.
Since then, it has evolved into a sophisticated fact-checking organization that spans media sources in 11 languages.
To date, it has been revealed that more than 1,000 misleading news items in Ukraine, and taught over 10,000 people how to detect similar stories from all over the world.
Ms Yurkova offered some simple advice for anyone worried about how to distinguish reality from fiction.
“If the story is too emotional, too dramatic, it is likely that this is not true. The truth is often boring,” he said.
“Do your research, look on other sites. Google the names and the addresses. The society depends on trust and it is for all of us to find a way to rebuild”.Russian interference
The problem of false news, has become a topic of conversation since it became known that the Russian bot accounts – many of which have been related with the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg – had planted fake stories in line.
In February, 13 Russians were accused of interfering in the u.s. 2016 elections, including individuals on the basis of the Internet Research Agency.
But how much influence the activity had on the 2016 presidential campaign remains a topic of open debate.
A new study by researchers at Ohio university suggests that the news was false, he played an important role in changing the minds of the voters about voting for Hillary Clinton in the elections.
The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, suggests that approximately 4% of those who voted for Barack Obama may have been dissuaded from voting for Clinton because of fake news stories about her.
The included stories suggesting that she was in very poor health, others argued that Pope Francis was endorsing the Triumph, and suggesting that Clinton had approved the sale of weapons to the jihadists.
Meanwhile, a Princeton-led study of false news consumption during the elections it was found that the fake items made up 2.6% of all hard-news articles.
The Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, who also spoke at TED, said that the Russian influence had been “exaggerated” in the West.
“I have no doubt that it was the American people who have chosen Donald Trump,” he said.
“The Russian hackers wanted to create the chaos, but they do not understand the consequences that the chaos and the scale of operation is exaggerated.”The spread of ideas
TED’s annual conference in Vancouver – this year titled The Age of Wonder – will feature over 100 talks, interviews, demonstrations and presentations during five days.
Speakers share ideas in a series of short talks with a duration of three to 18 minutes.
“Both as a media platform and an annual conference, we strive to be a voice of sanity, reason and intuition in the present day is increasingly polarized by the dynamics of the indignation,” said the head of TED, Chris Anderson.
“Our theme – The Age of Wonder – is an attempt to convincingly water in the good and the bad of what’s coming for humanity”, he added.