The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has warned that democracy is under threat from online fake news, as opposed to the legitimate fake news in our print or TV media. Likewise, the Daily Mail warned of social media peddling half truths and alarmist headlines, right below its Pulitzer prize-winning story: ‘Immigrant squirrels will rape your skull’.
The DCMS complained, to a collection of reporters from the Guardian, the Sun and Razzle, that Cambridge Analytica could never match the journalistic integrity of retired editors, such as Kelvin Mackenzie. The families of the Hillsborough disaster immediately vouched for this, although Rebekah Brooks has asked for someone to hold her pint.
The public are advised to return to traditional news outlets, like town criers and chicken entrails. A spokeswoman for Rupert Murdoch read out a statement: ‘I am alarmed at the undue influence of social media platforms on elections and our elected officials because, that’s my job.’