Cannes Lions 2017: Fake News

Did you hear that the Pope endorsed Donald Trump? Or how the British government sent notes to media outlets to suppress the Grenfell Tower death toll? These are just two examples of how “fake news” has, as Havas Group Global Managing Director and Chief Client Officer Dominique Delport put it, “gone from being the buzzword of 2016 to the harsh global reality of 2017.” Delport moderated a panel discussion on fake news with journalists from the BBC, The Financial Times, and The Sunday Times to explore the new world we’re living in and how we can distinguish real news from “alternative facts.” “I tell my kids to assume every day is April 1st,” said BBC Global News Chief Executive Officer Jim Egan. “You have to check and verify everything.”

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