Tim Cook, Apple’s openly gay CEO, called for a public initiative against “fake news,” saying that false information is “killing people’s minds.”
In an interview with the Telegraph, Cook discussed the proliferation of websites touting inaccurate news stories meant to push a political agenda:
“We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth,” he said. “It’s killing people’s minds in a way.”
Many pundits, politicians and journalists have decried the spread of these inaccurate reports. Hillary Clinton called it an “epidemic.”
So what is Cook’s plan for dealing with it? Will he demand that social media companies like Twitter and Facebook create some way of suppressing the spread of fake news that festers on their platforms?
Not really. What he asked for is a sort of PSA campaign:
“It has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public,” said Mr Cook. “There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic.
“We need the modern version of a public-service announcement campaign. It can be done quickly if there is a will.”
In other words, he’s calling for the education system to teach media literacy. Unfortunately, with bureaucrats on both sides attacking the liberal arts in favor of a more science-centered curriculum and nightmare capitalist buffoon Betsy DeVos running the Department of Education, we probably can’t expect such a campaign to emerge anytime soon.