In recent months there is much talk of “fact checking” and how this tool can represent a contrast to the fake news popping the web.
“Fact checking” means checking the veracity of the fact, starting from the examination of the source, from the statements made and the information circulating on the Internet. This operation is not re-review if you think that already in the world of journalism, from the early beginnings of the twentieth century, in larger warheads was established a figure who acted as a “controller” on the veracity of the news.
What has really changed since the early years of the twentieth century, it is the speed with which false information is disclosed and the difficulty of control of digital platforms and social networks.
But it is enough really only talk about fact-checking in the era of digitalization and disintermediation? We asked the lawyer Giovanni Briola, who recently spoke, as a speaker at a meeting with theme the new European regulations on privacy, “Just because of the speed and invasiveness that the information on the Net have in our lives, not just take a contrast system as the Fact checking. “
Explains the lawyer: “The fake news come as a phenomenon of social interest and are spreading and breeding ground on the Net because of virality and the reliance guaranteed by the community. Undoubtedly, control and verification of the news can act as a barrier to immediate limitation and the constituency of these data, however, you need to act upstream of the phenomenon to create a real contrast. ”
“The main problem of the spread of fake news on social networks and on the Net is the absence of a legislative framework and clear rules – says the lawyer – Although the EU recently intervened on the point calling for the adoption of Ad hoc measures by individual Member States, to ensure a contrast to the root of the problem. “
“Personally – he concludes the Briola lawyer – I believe that effective action against the phenomenon of fake news and uncontrolled spread of personal information on the platforms, it is necessary first and foremost to educate the community to the use and control of these instruments, not only through the adoption of legal codes but also with civic education and social starting from the schools with young people.”