News Exercise #283


1) What is the recent cause of the increase in measles cases?
2) The reporter said one word to make us understand that we shouldn’t listen to the opinion presented by Andrew Wakefield 1998. What word was it?
3) Why does this kind of topic spread so easily on social media such as Facebook?
4) How can the proposed government fake news regulator be effective

Answers
1) What is the recent cause of the increase in measles cases?
The spread of misinformation on social media is the current problem. Between 2010 and 20017 over half a million children in the UK missed out on the vaccine.
2) The reporter said one word to make us understand that we shouldn’t listen to the opinion presented by Andrew Wakefield 1998. What word was it?
“Discredited” – She said, “… the now discredited theories of Andrew Wakefield.”
3) Why does this kind of topic spread so easily on social media such as Facebook?
The algorithm for presenting topics to the user is based on what most people interact with, and so bad news appears more easily than good news, because people tend to click on bad news more.
4) How can the proposed government fake news regulator be effective?
It needs to be transparent, and it needs to work with charities like UNICEF.

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