Tim Cook calls for ‘massive campaign’ to tackle fake online news stories

Apple CEO calls for ‘massive campaign’ to tackle fake online news stories

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook has called for a Government-funded massive campaign to tackle the problem of fake online news stories, which allegedly influenced the 2016 presidential race.

In a recent interview, Mr. Cook suggested that governments should fund the modern version of a public service announcement to fight back the phenomenon of fake news. He also called for launching educational campaigns in schools.

Speaking on the topic, he said, “We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth. It’s killing people’s minds in a way.”

Tech companies like Facebook have repeatedly been accused of allowing fake news stories to spread on the internet. James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, last month blamed false news for influencing the presidential race, and alleged that it was part of Russia’s plan to interfere in the tightly-fought election.

However, the Trump administration has argued that fake new stories didn’t helped the president in anyway to win the election. The administration pointed to news stories that are not favorable to Trump or his policies.

Mr. Cook stressed that tech companies should take charge in fighting fake news stories, and urged fellow industry leaders to develop and implement tools to trim down the presence of baseless, fake news stories on social media.