OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 10:09 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 15 May 2017


I promise no fake news on my Twitter feed

The big thing to worry about in this general election is fake news on social media.

At least, I think it is. I saw a video about it on Facebook but why should I believe a word I see on there? Any old nonsense can come up in your feed.

For those who don’t use social media “come up in your feed” means you see it on your screen, not that it floats to the surface while you’re eating your porridge oats.

But give Zuckerberg time.

It’s probably not only the fault of social media, we’re the ones using it.

If you see a news story that agrees with your point of view, you don’t check it’s real and risk proving yourself wrong, you forward it on the people you know who already agree with you.

Social media isn’t the only place you find things that might not be 100 per cent true.

We all remember a certain bus that said, “We send the EU £350million a week let’s fund the NHS instead”, which later turned out to not be a promise at all.

You shouldn’t believe what’s written on the side of a bus. I saw one the other week that said, “Not in service,” but later that same day I saw it in service. It’s all lies.

Jeremy Corbyn has a bus that says “For the many, not the few,” on its side, proving that he understands what buses are.

During this election and this time of fake news, spin and propaganda, I want to make you a promise.

Anything I tweet will, to the best of my knowledge, be true. I am keeping it real. I will not lie on social media.

It’s my dating profile where I do all the lying.

• Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5FM at 2.15pm for the weekly East London News Review with the Recorder. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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