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Ten Chairman Blasts Facebook

David Gordon, pictured, chairman of Australia’s Network 10, yesterday lambasted Facebook  over its apparent inability – or unwillingness –  to control fake news being published across its platform.

In recent times these have include fake allegations about the conduct of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“In my opinion, ‘fake news’ is just lies and deception by another name,” Gordon told Ten’s annual general meeting in Sydney. “It is not acceptable that social media and other online businesses, some of the largest companies in the world with enormous resources, employing thousands of the smartest people, and accessing billions of citizens on this planet, can claim to be unable to monitor and ensure that the truth is delivered on their sites.”

Drawing an apparent parallel with Nazi Germany, he added: “There have been times in world history when lies and propaganda have cast a shadow over the truth, and where good and decent citizens have been deluded into believing those lies and supporting regimes that then committed terrible acts of violence and evil.”

Separately, Ten chief executive officer Paul Anderson said the local advertising market remains difficult, but Ten had grown its television revenue by 1.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2016-17.

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