Fake news and its impact on the charity sector

The Oxfam scandal has transformed the environment for international NGOs. They are under much more pressure than ever before to be as open and transparent as possible. The speed with which stories spread online demands immediate response. But what happens when the stories are false? This is something which is covered in a new report by the International Broadcasting Trust, the report is called Faking it and below is what Mark Galloway, IBT Director said on their website: How should NGOs respond to fake news? This is one of the…

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Global public relations associations commit to enhancing public trust through ethics

The current crisis in trust is diminishing the ability for institutions, governments and organisations to operate effectively in society. Fake news and an inappropiate use of automated communications in particular, erode trust and reputations in our institutions. To counteract this and take a leading position on the global practice of public relations, several professional associations met in Madrid to explore possible enhancements to their codes of ethics that, as a whole, guide hundreds of thousands of professionals around the world. Participants in this global discussion on codes of ethics agreed…

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CIPR Welcomes Commitment to Tackle ‘Fake News’

The establishment of a National Security Communications Unit to tackle the threat of “fake news” spread by hostile state actors is a welcome step by Government, says the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. However, the roots and causes of ‘fake news’ are complex and the new unit must protect free speech as well as defend our democracy. In a comment in PR Week, the Head of Government Communications also promised a new unit within the Cabinet Office to tackle “disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate.”  Stuart Bruce FCIPR, Chair…

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Regulator announces new IPSO Mark for its 2,500 Publications to combat “Fake News”

Publishers can now display a mark that distinguishes their newspaper, magazine or website as a trusted, quality brand committed to the best professional standards   The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has announced the launch of the IPSO mark, a visual symbol that can be used by all its publications to show their commitment to professional standards and an edited, regulated product.  In an era where the public’s trust in journalism has been undermined because of the rise of ‘fake news’, the new IPSO mark is a way in which the…

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Cancer Charity Appoints Digital Nurse To Combat ‘Fake News’ Online

With the rise of social media and the influx of ‘fake news’ Macmillan Cancer Support is concerned that patients are turning to unverified sites for information which could leave them ‘needlessly frightened’ and at risk of ‘bogus cures’ Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed a Digital Nurse to combat ‘fake news’ online as it fears cancer patients are increasingly left to google their diagnosis without adequate support. The Digital Nurse Specialist will be solely dedicated to answering questions from people affected by cancer online, on Macmillan’s social media platforms and the…

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