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With the coverage of the Ukraine war - er, sorry, during Russia's "special operation" - a lot of fake news also came to the screen. And the false reports that are spread for tactical reasons have not only been a means of choice to strengthen certain opinions since the Ukraine war, but have been in use for years.
The good news is: For international, English-language news, there is a with Ground.news a portal that helps you to better assess the reports, their truthfulness and their sources. And I find this service so good that I gave it the award "Pick of the week" lend.
If you call up a report on Ground.news, you will get an overview of which media have reported on this topic, what the percentage of “left” and “right” oriented media is, and also the individual reports on the topic itself. In this way, one can compare, for example, how differently oriented news websites present the topic.
What I also find very interesting is the timeline, which shows you which media published the report and when. You can also see which of the online newspapers first reported on the topic.
There is also a geographical assignment in the form of a world map, which shows where the origin of the newspapers that report on the topic is.
Without question, Ground.news also has a means of manipulation through the selection of its sources and the ability to determine what news appears in Ground.news. It is all the more important that you get to know the team behind the portal and that you can buy the "vision" behind the portal from them.
This is how Ground.news introduces itself:
We're a small team of independent media outsiders based in Waterloo, Canada, concerned with the future of news. We are not funded by a media company, a big technology company or institutional investors. We are supported by our subscribers and a small group of individual investors who care deeply about the issue.
And here comes the answer to the question why Ground.news exists at all:
Technology is revolutionizing how news is shared and who gets to share it. It creates space for different ideas, but it also reinforces polarizing views. One has the feeling that the common basis on which we stood has been shaken. These challenges are not new, but some key factors have accelerated them.
- The suspension of the fairness doctrine. This FCC policy required broadcast license holders to present controversial issues of public concern in an honest, fair and balanced manner.
- Unlike the print media era, news organizations on the Internet can specialize and still achieve wide reach. Some news publishers have realized that they cannot appeal to all readers. Instead, they occupy a position on the bias spectrum that appeals to specific news consumers, rather than offering clear information from multiple perspectives.
- Social media exacerbates the problem with manipulative algorithms. These platforms are designed to devour your attention. The longer they keep you on their feed, the more they can maximize their ad revenue. And because it feels good to have your biases confirmed, these algorithms send you down a rabbit hole instead of feeding you information you might not agree with.
We created Ground News to address these challenges and make it easier to compare different perspectives so you can think freely again.
In order to maintain neutrality, Ground.news completely dispenses with ads. The site is financed entirely by the readers, who can support the portal with various subscription models. However, you can also use Ground.news completely free of charge and read the news. The paid membership offers some extras, but these are basically not necessary for viewing the news and its sources.
Of course, Ground.news isn't the panacea for fake news either – or anything like it Co-founder Haarlen Kaur once said:
There is no silver bullet or single infallible publication.
There is no silver bullet that will solve the problem of fake news or opinion-forming. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to question the news they consume on a daily basis. Ground.news can only be a tool to facilitate this "verification" process. And I think it's very good for that.
It is a pity that there is not yet such a portal for the German-speaking area. But if the service gets a lot of subscribers, they might do a German spin-off.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.