When it comes to the FBI, we are not alone. – Recode’s Peter Kafka
We have seen the rise of fake news, and the potential of political manipulation in the digital age.
But as technology evolves, we’re beginning to see more people in this new world who have no idea what they’re doing.
And that’s an important lesson for our new generation of politicians, media professionals, and others who will ultimately be responsible for how we’re governed.
In the wake of the election of Donald Trump, I’ve spoken to more than a dozen people who have experienced what it’s like to be duped or compromised.
Some of them have lost everything they had in their lives.
Others are struggling with addiction, and their stories are being used by political operatives to sow doubt and distrust in their communities.
Many of them are angry.
Some are frustrated.
Some want to fight back.
But for every one who is willing to talk about the abuse they’ve suffered, there are tens more who don’t want to.
To get to the bottom of the fake news epidemic, Recode decided to speak to a group of people who’ve been affected by fake news for decades, including a former New York Times reporter and a retired FBI agent.
They have been through some of the same things we have, and they’ve all had their own personal stories to share.
Their stories are worth sharing because they speak to the real danger in the internet age: a threat to democracy and the rule of law that will only grow as the power of fake and fabricated news grows.
Here are four key points about the fake-news epidemic and how to fight it.1.
Fake news is an epidemic.
Fake news is everywhere, but it’s especially dangerous for people who work in newsrooms.
Fake stories about the president, Hillary Clinton, and a couple of other candidates, such as President Trump, have been around for years.
People in newsroom leadership have to worry about how to report on the news, how to get it across, and how the media will react if they break the rules of the profession.
People working in news have to learn how to filter and keep their heads above water.
There are no easy answers.
We’ve all seen the headlines: Trump “has a bad reputation,” “Hillary Clinton is lying,” “Trump is a liar,” “Donald Trump is unfit to be president.”
There are so many people trying to spin those stories that they’re just too easy to fall for.2.
Fake and fabricated stories are just a symptom of a much bigger problem.
As I’ve discussed before, we don’t have any way to tell if fake news is real.
We have no way to check that all the news is being fact-checked and that it’s not being influenced by outside forces.
We can only tell if a story is real if we look at the facts and see if they fit with what we know.
In other words, we have no evidence to say it’s true.
We do have a pretty good idea of what’s real, but we don’s have any sense of how that’s changing.
We don’t know what’s being shared, what people are thinking, or how many people are getting it.
In this new digital age, we live in an age where we have access to a vast trove of information.
There’s no way for journalists or the public to check it.
Journalists need to take these new threats seriously.3.
People have no control over fake news.
I was once in a meeting with a newsroom leader who had a real newsroom problem.
He had a few reporters from rival newsrooms who were all sharing news stories from the same source.
He tried to talk them out of it.
But they didn’t want a meeting.
They wanted to leave.
He said, “If we don, we lose our jobs.”
We tried to work with him.
He kept saying, “I don’t care if we lose my job.”
I was at that point wondering if I could just say, “It’s fake.”
That’s not a good look for a leader.
But that’s what they were telling me, and it was the same message we heard from colleagues at other newsrooms, too.4.
The FBI’s fake-media unit is a huge problem.
The FBI is one of the few agencies in the United States that has a dedicated fake- media unit.
The unit has about 500 people.
But it’s hard to get to that number with just a few people.
We tried all kinds of ideas, and none of them seemed to be working.
And the fake media unit was already a mess.
We asked people to step down.
The fake media people stepped down.
We got a bunch of people to quit.
They all had the same story, and that was that the fake stories were spreading like wildfire through the newsroom.
So we decided to put the fake content under the bureau’s purview.
It’s a very large