By Ayse Kok
The open Internet is vulnerable to the organized propagation of false or misleading information. Over the past several years, concerns that we have entered a “post-truth” era have become a controversial subject of political and academic debate. Social platforms cannot be the arbiters of truth or fiction. However, it certainly lies in their sphere of responsibilities to publish contextual information from authentic sources that help viewers better comprehend the published information, especially the information disseminated through videos discussing the significant global events or scientific research. Technology organizations should formulate new methods of eliciting the information that resonates with the interests of the users yet is authentic and from a reliable source. This discussion paper enables technology companies in identifying the right balance of freedom of expression and access to authentic information for the viewers.
About the author(s)
Dr. Ayse Kok is a policy analyst at the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research. She has extensive experience in the fields of social, mobile and digital technologies both from a professional and a researcher perspective. She participated in various projects in partnership with international organizations such as UN, NATO and the EU. She got her Masters from the Oxford University (UK) and PhD from the Cambridge University (UK).