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    Western 'Crusade' on Media Freedom: Why Reports on 'Russian Fake-News' Are Fake

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    A campaign launched by Internet giants, as Facebook and Google against fake news has recently resulted in a number of initiatives in the fight against so-called misleading information and false statements.

    According to Italian journalist Tommaso Debenedetti, the "crusade" against fake-news affects more and more Internet sources and is aimed at filtering out undesirable information.

    Debendetti specialized in the creation of false accounts in social networks for years. He noted that the West is not actually interested in checking facts, but rather in filtering out the reports it finds disturbing.

    "Recently, the Russian government has been accused of having created a special news channel with the purpose of spreading fake news online. But exactly such statements are fake. They are ridiculous because I, for example, only need access to a computer or iPhone to distribute fake news in the Internet. I've been doing this for years, and major media and politicians from all over the world believed my news," Debendetti told Sputnik Italy.

    Earlier, German Facebook launched a trial run of a fake news filtering system for German users of the site, allowing individuals to fact-check and report stories they suspect to be untrue.

    Suspicious stories are dispatched to the Correctiv fact-checking team and if the team determines the story to be fake, it is marked as false and users seeing it in their feeds are warned about its doubted authenticity.

    Moreover, in November 2016, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution, which said that Sputnik and RT posed danger to Europe's unity and called for extra European Commission funding for counter-propaganda projects. It also drew a parallel between Russian media and the propaganda disseminated by Daesh, a jihadist group outlawed in Russia and numerous other states.

    Debenedetti believes that such measures are a part of the information war waged against Russia.

    "Every day, there is a lot of false news about Putin or Russia. Western journalists believe any news about Russia and do not even think about verifying the information. A few months ago I created a fake Twitter account of Wilbur Ross who was chosen by Trump as the new US Secretary of Commerce. For several days, the US media and even politicians were sure that this account was genuine," Debenedetti said.

    "Two well-known journalists wrote me private messages to ask questions about meetings with bankers, who allegedly supported Trump during election campaign. They just wrote to me: ‘Can you confirm this?' Thus, they wanted to confirm their theory that Russia interfered in the American elections, but they didn't even bother to check the accuracy of my account on Twitter," the expert concluded.

    The US Intelligence Community earlier claimed that Russia launched an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at undermining public faith in the US democratic process and creating a preference for President Donald Trump.

    Russia has repeatedly denied the US allegations calling them absurd and characterizing them as an attempt to divert public opinion from revelations of corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues.


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      Western media's controllers are very nervous about many recent things that they see as threatening their grip on the world: the Gerasimov-Dunford consultation, the Lavrov-Tillerson meeting, and especially Trump's recent presser, in which he sent Putin a clear message: "Don't listen to these fake news outfits, least of all to their neocon bosses: just hand in there, and I'll join you in just a little while, and we'll fix our issues good and proper. And don't forget I'm not one of them: I'm different. We'll do it."
      Therefore, the EU and other NATO slaves of that diabolical clique are throwing all the arrows they can gather - and of course the UK lapdog is the more vociferous of the evil mongrel pack, as usual.
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      Now, if all the Japanese research on dogs that prove that they are "kinder and gentler", could only teach them how to write as well, I might become a believer, if only for a day, that they do have "moral qualities"...nah!
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      Fake news merchants are upset by fake fake news of their fake news, while their real fake news is being confused with real news about fake events by other fake fake news merchants
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