The Government of the United Kingdom took drastic action this week and banned the use of the term “fake news” from official documents and policy papers; ordering all employees to use the term “misinformation” or “disinformation.”
According to the Telegraph, UK Ministers can no longer use President Trump’s signature phrase because it’s “a poorly-defined and misleading term that conflates a variety of false information, from genuine error through to foreign interference in democratic processes.”
“While ministers may speak freely in the House of Commons, any strategy documents referring to election meddling or internet safety will need to use the new definition,” adds the Telegraph.
“We recommend that the Government rejects the term ‘fake news’, and instead puts forward an agreed definition of the words ‘misinformation’ and ‘disinformation’. With such a shared definition, and clear guidelines for companies, organisations, and the Government to follow, there will be a shared consistency of meaning across the platforms, which can be used as the basis of regulation and enforcement,” said the new guidelines issued by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee.
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NANNY STATE: UK Stores Ordered to ‘SHRINK PIZZAS, REMOVE TOPPINGS’ Under New Law
The United Kingdom took its war against obesity to the next-level this week; instituting new rules and regulations that may require supermarkets and restaurants to “shrink pizzas” or “remove toppings” under the harsh guidelines.
According to the Telegraph, the new government plan would impose strict calorie caps on pies, ready-made meals, sandwiches and other easy-access items available throughout the country at stores and markets.
“Under the draft proposals, a standard pizza for one should contain no more than 928 calories – far less than many sold by takeaways, restaurants and shops. And the recommendations suggest that a savoury pie should contain no more than 695 calories,” writes the Telegraph.
“Earlier this week officials met with retailers, manufacturers, including Dominos’s pizza, Deliveroo, Just Eat, Macdonalds and KFC to discuss proposed ‘calorie caps’ on thousands of popular foods,” adds the article.
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LIBERAL PRIORITIES: London Mayor Bans ‘FAST FOOD ADS’ as Murder Rate Soars
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced his plan to ban fast food advertisements throughout the capital Friday; warning residents of the “ticking time bomb” of obesity as the UK’s murder rate soars.
Khan unveiled his proposal to rid the city of banners and bus ads that promote “unhealthy food and drink” this week, striking the images from the London Underground and other public places.
The mayor claims the ban will help “reduce the influence and pressure that can be put on children and families to make unhealthy choices.”
“That is why I am proposing to ban adverts for harmful junk food from our entire Tube and bus network,” he added.
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Despite his new efforts to crackdown on junk food, Khan found himself under fierce scrutiny over his seeming inability to handle London’s sweeping crime wave; with murder rates in the capital up over 44% in just two years.
The mayor vowed to address the recent spikes in stabbings and shootings; claiming the escalating violence was the result of “budget cuts.”
Read the full story at the BBC.