Nowadays, it is possible to have access to daily news from different devises: TV, smartphone, computer, tablets. So news does not come only in the form of a newspaper, but rather as a podcast or even a post on Facebook. The news can range from the current political elections in a certain country to the new iPhone model but also more sensible information regarding health for example. During the 2020 pandemic, we have witnessed an astonishing increase of the so-called fake-news: the virus plot, the 5G antenna and so forth. Never to mention the fake news during Trump´s press conference about the intravenous injection of bleaching to treat coronavirus infection! Some of those fake news exalted to a point that: 5Gs antenna was destroyed cause they were claimed to favour coronavirus infections, NO-MASK strikes were organised in the USA, UK and Germany protesting against the futility of the masks and the lockdown in general, rather considered as a way to increase the control of the government over people, so considered a clear violation of freedom. And if we consider also how the Anti-VAX wave has contributed to the rebound of viral infection like measles in the USA, we can have a clear idea about the power - and the danger - of fake news.
Unfortunately, even if a great deal of effort has been made to fight off those fake news ( even in a fun way via satyrical TV shows ), they can still reach out to the general public and have detrimental effects.
An idea to ameliorate this would be to develop, like for the Scientific Papers, a peer-review system because of which a piece of news cannot be reported until approved for publication. This way. experts of the field may review the news and access the genuineness of it. Of course, since there are too many sources and way to spread a new, this may be difficult to realise. In this case, an alternative would be, al least, to include for verified news a watermark like stating that the news being read have been peer-reviewed and the source has been confirmed. This way, it will be easier for a person to decide if the source of the news can be trusted or not. This way, hopefully, in the long term will reduce the impact of fake news in our daily life.
How would you propose to tackle this challenge?