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Source: tech.firstpost.com – Monday, February 13, 2017
Apple’s senior vice president for software and services Eddy Cue has said that technology companies have a special responsibility to ensure that people receive the correct news. Speaking at the Code Media conference in California, Cue said, “We wanted Apple News to be available to everyone, but we wanted to vet and be sure that the Apple News providers are legitimate. We’re very concerned about all the clickbait and how that’s driving a lot of the news coverage.” According to Cue since a lot of people today depend on their devices and the services provided through those devices, to get news, it is pertinent for technology companies to see that as a special responsibility. Cue acknowledged that even though companies still had no clear answers on how to tackle fake news, there was a need to keep working at it. Recently Apple CEO Tim Cook had stated how fake news is ‘ killing people’s mind s’ and it makes it important to have campaigns to educate people and work towards changing the public attitude to online news stories. “We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth. It’s killing people’s minds in a way,” Cook said. He called on those tech firms which have not contributed much towards curbing the fake news, asking them to create tools that help diminish the volume of fake news. A

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