There’s been a lot of talk lately about how to stop the spread of “fake news” with news consumers encouraged to investigate the integrity of stories by examining their sources before sharing them social media.
But you have to wonder if there’s much hope when you have outlets like Channel Ten’s The Project getting sucked in.
On Monday, April 18, The Project shared this News.com.au story (in turn a rewrite of an article published by the UK’s Sun newspaper, which is also owned by Rupert Murdoch) on their Facebook page. The article warns viewers about a new Google recruitment site threatening to reveal users’ search history to potential employers. The Project also mentioned it on the show that night.
The problem is the story is bullshit. Continue reading No, Google isn’t planning to reveal your search history to recruiters