Social networks: Journalists must be vigilant to avoid fake news trap

Communication Minister, Spokesperson of the Government, Hassane Rabehi on Thursday warned against the dangers of social networks that “have become a fertile ground for fake news,” calling on journalists to be vigilant to avoid falling into this trap.

Speaking at a study day on "The impact of social networks on societies, issues, realities and challenges,” Rabehi said that "social networks have become a fertile ground for fake news.”

"Journalists, in this period, are urged to be vigilant to avoid falling into the trap of social networks, given their serious impact on the unity and stability" of countries.

"The enemies of the Algerian people are using their networks through vain and desperate attempts to attack the institutions of the Republic, at their head the institution of the People's National Army (ANP), protector of sovereignty and territorial unity" which has supported, without any hesitation, "the people's choices for a democratic, free and transparent presidential election."

Referring to some experiences where fake news influenced the future of nations, the tendency of voters and the convictions of candidates, the Government spokesman underlined the need to "draw inspiration from these experiences as well as from efforts made in the organization of social networks, in order to deal with peddlers of lies, sowers of despair and disguisers of truths."

The minister seized this opportunity to praise the many Algerians, especially the young people who "positively" use social networks to face the "enemies of Algeria who spread lies and calumnies,” and to serve humanitarian causes and solidarity in all circumstances.”

Rabehi also affirmed that the national press had constantly demonstrated its commitment to the issues of the fatherland.

The national press is today "objectively and professionally accompanying the people's aspirations for a better tomorrow, the legitimate outcome of which will be the Presidential elections on 12 December,” he continued.

The Communication sector is determined to be an "active and positive" partner in the use of new technologies to promote high values and adapt to the latest developments on the national scene.