Goal actuality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Goal actuality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Facts that everyone can agree on are the cornerstone of democracy and do exist – despite the rise of “fake news”, a UK minister has said. Matt Hancock said it was “something of a disappointment” that he had to state publicly that “objective reality exists”. But it was “incredibly important” to hang on to that principle in the “unregulated space” of social media. The digital minister was giving evidence to […]

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‘You might be being programmed,’ former Fb govt warns

‘You might be being programmed,’ former Fb govt warns

A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook’s vice president for user growth, on 10 November in which he described feeling “tremendous guilt’ in helping the company attract two billion users. His comments echoed remarks by Sean Parker, one of the early pioneers of Facebook, , saying the social network provided “a dopamine […]

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Does Bitcoin use extra electrical energy than Eire?

Does Bitcoin use extra electrical energy than Eire?

Can something which has no physical presence consume as much electricity as an entire country? The internet has recently been awash with claims that the digital currency Bitcoin could be using more electricity than a number of developed nations. So Reality Check wants to know: how did they work it out, and is it true? Although it has been around since 2009, the digital currency, or crypto-currency, has been dominating […]

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Tech companies could possibly be held accountable for extremism and abuse

Tech companies could possibly be held accountable for extremism and abuse

Google, Facebook and Twitter should be held liable for illegal and dangerous content on their platforms, an ethics body has said. The understands that the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) will urge the government to introduce new laws on extremist and abusive content. Prime Minister Theresa May has said companies need to remove extremist content quickly or face fines. One free speech advocate said it could turn Facebook […]

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