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“The ability to mislead and misinform is only going to get more sophisticated.” Brian Stelter, CNN

The timing of our fake news debate on Wednesday was so sensational you’d have thought we had a special hotline to Donald Trump. But while we pride ourselves on our topicality, we didn’t realise we’d wake up to global headlines on the subject after the President Elect tweeted:

CNN and Buzzfeed were at the centre of the storm, thanks to the former reporting that U.S. intelligence had briefed Trump on claims that Russia had compromising information on him, and the latter posting a 35-page dossier containing salacious but unverified information.

So we were delighted that both organisations were represented on our panel.
CNN anchor Brian Stelter (Reliable Sources) – the man who has been at the heart of the fake news issue in the US, flew in especially for our debate, which was supported by ITN and hosted by C4 News’ Jon Snow.

He joined Buzzfeed’s political editor Jim Waterson, Facebook’s Patrick Walker, Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr and former political adviser Ayesha Hazarika.

If you missed out on this fiery debate, you can watch it below. The video which also featured via a live stream on the Channel 4 News’ Facebook page has had over 86k views and counting!

News Round-Up

Media experts: fake news to intensify

Donald Trump: fake news and good journalism
(The Media Show, Radio 4)

BuzzFeed publishes unsubstantiated Trump report, raising ethics questions
(The Guardian)

Facebook’s European media chief: Fake news is a ‘game of whack-a-mole’

BuzzFeed was wrong to publish the Trump rumours. Here’s why…
(The Guardian)

Facebook unveils ‘Facebook Journalism Project’

BBC sets up team to debunk fake news
(The Guardian