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In an age of fake news, CCHQ’s Twitter “fact check” stunt was worse than cynical—it was dangerous

At a time when research shows social media users struggle to distinguish between fake and real information, stunts like the "FactcheckUK" rebrand are nothing less than irresponsible

By Tola Onanuga  

As the election’s first televised leaders’ debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn got underway, CCHQ made the brazen decision to rebrand its Twitter account as Factcheck UK. Tweets sent from the account throughout the debate denounced most of Corbyn’s proposed policies and praised Johnson’s.

This isn’t funny or “banter”. It’s disingenuous and grim. pic.twitter.com/6itWrLcTX0

— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) November 19, 2019

It’s fair to say the decision did not…

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