The junk journalism that masquerades as content of legitimate interest but plays to the lowest common denominator and lurks at the bottom of the page to steal the time employers are paying for is becoming a major plague. It's time to call a halt to this odious practice which actively undermines the credibility of the news sites it so often appears on.
Every year, millions of people go skiing, ill prepared for the harm that might arise from a fall. Former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher wasn't one of them. He was wearing a helmet when he had a simple fall and hit his head on a rock in 2013. His medical condition has been the cause of much speculation in the media and generally but his family have been parsimonious with information. Now someone is reportedly trying to sell photos showing Schumacher's present condition.
While looking around the web, all kinds of things come to light.
This, from Irish national broadcaster RTE's news website might not be what they hoped would be visible. And, to you, when you visit the page, it isn't.
Today, The Guardian carries the following headline: "Historian finds German decree banishing Trump's grandfather " Doing a websearch for it produces hundreds of copies of cutting and pasting of the headline and the article, or significant chunks of it. It's time that search engines were made responsible for the consequences of their promotion of breaches of copyright, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill
In Malaysia, the Inspector General of Police, KHALID Abu Bakar has been forced to deny a story that has gone viral on "social media" that huge parts of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, will be closed to traffic from 5 am to 6pm on Saturday. Already, shopkeepers have made plans to close for the day.
Mark Zuckerberg has still not quite got a handle on what it means to run a public company. He announces policy on the hoof and before even Facebook's Press Office and even the markets are informed. His latest whoopsie relates to suggestions that Facebook carried sufficient "fake news" to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.