Elon Musk – Changing The World Of Fake News?
If you read an article that you think is biased or unfair, would you like the opportunity to criticise the journalist or the publication via a website? Do you consider that a good idea? Or do you feel that such a site would simply become a place to moan, gripe and air unwarranted grievances?
We’re asking these questions, here at our website design Manchester agency, because Elon Musk has suggested he might create such a website. In May 2018, the Tesla and Space X founder was annoyed by the coverage he received in The Washington Post after a Tesla autopilot accident.
Essentially, we can break down this story by analysing two significant tweets he sent… So let’s start with the first…
What Did The First Tweet Say?
On 14 May, 2018, Elon sent the following tweet:
“It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage.”
At our website design company Manchester we feel that he’s making something of a valid point. But it’s also worth remembering that The Washington Post article came after a fatal autopilot crash that happened in March. Plus, any major technological innovation, such as Tesla’s autopilot, is going to attract more scrutiny than existing ways of driving.
What Did The Second Tweet Say?
Then, on 23 May, 2018, he sent the following tweet:
“Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda”
Here at Blue Whale Media, the website design Manchester agency, we feel that Elon might be onto something with this idea. But the proposal is clearly born out of his own feelings of injustice at the coverage his company has received.
Initially, you can’t help but wonder if Elon is really serious about this proposal? And why would he call the venture Pravda? That’s already the name of a Russian newspaper, famous for once being the official publication of the Communist Party.
He Is Serious… It Seems
At our website design company Manchester we keep up to date with technology news. And it seems as though Elon is sincere because he has registered the domain name Pravduh.com. He explained in other tweets that he tried to claim the name Pravda, but then realised it was already taken.
Still, a lot of questions remain about his venture – if it ever goes ahead. Namely, how are the public supposed to interpret the phrase “core truth” when it comes to judging articles? Surely, a person’s perceptions about truth are informed by their political beliefs and prior knowledge – and whether they happen to be a CEO of a multinational company, for instance.
Also, on the subject of “truth”, many journalists believe in the phrase, “Speak truth to power.” That means you’ve got to be fearless in the face of powerful figures who are keen to receive positive reports. But it’s also true that some publications occasionally exaggerate a story, or give it a certain angle that gives the wrong impression.
It’s also worth mentioning that there are already media watchdogs in existence. And, for the American media, there’s a website called PolitiFact which pretty much serves the same purpose as the site Elon is suggesting.
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