Internet inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says misuse of data online is having a ‘chilling effect on free speech’

SIR Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the internet, said the impact of fake news is increasingly concerning and has unveiled plans to tackle “unethical” political advertising and the harvesting of data.The British computer scientist said on Sunday, exactly 28 years after his invention, the three new trends have become alarming in the last 12 months.In an open letter published in the UK, Sir Tim, 61, said misuse of data has created a “chilling effect on free speech” and warned of “internet blind spots” that are corrupting democracy.This photograph shows stories from USA Daily News 24, a fake news site registered in Macedonia. Both stories shown here are bogus. Picture: Raphael Satter/APSource:SuppliedOne problem, he wrote, is that most people find their news and information through a “handful” of social media sites and search engines, which are paid whenever someone clicks a link.“The net result is that these sites show us content they think we’ll click on, meaning that misinformation or fake news, which is surprising, shocking or designed to appeal to our biases, can spread like wildfire,” he added. “And through the use of data science and armies of bots, those with bad intentions can game the system to spread misinformation for financial or political gain.”

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