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100% fake news - PM's office discredits claim Paria Trading being sold

The Office of the Prime Minister says there is no truth to information being circulated that Paria Fuel Trading Company is being sold to Simpson Oil Limited (SOL).

Minister Stuart Young has issued a statement saying that an image and associated information making these claims are completely false.

The image began circulating on social media Monday morning.

"This is another desperate attempt by the UNC to mislead the public of Trinidad and Tobago," the minister said. 

New TTT to counteract fake news

The new TTT television station must be the “gold standard” of quality in broadcasting and lead the charge in providing factual, accurate information and combating “fake news,” Prime Dr Keith Rowley has indicated.

He did so yesterday as he launched TTT Limited—formerly CNMG—at Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain.

“In closing CNMG, we’re opening the door to a brighter future,” Rowley added.

Rowley said TTT needed to adhere to high standards because of the seriousness of the role the media plays in citizens’ lives.

Report of woman found alive in POS mortuary fridge is fake news

Reports of a woman being found alive at the Port-of-Spain mortuary are fake and appear to be mischief.

A Facebook post which was widely shared today suggested that an Arima woman was recovering at hospital after being pronounced dead by doctors following an accident along Churchill Roosevelt highway.

It said a morgue worker who checked on the body found she was breathing.

However, when CNC3 investigated the claims today, we were told all bodies have been dispatched to funeral homes or are still in the fridge.

Technology: Internet giants tackle fake news sites

Three major internet brands, Google, Facebook and Wikipedia have stepped up and have said they are taking the necessary steps toward stopping fake news sites from using their ad networks. 

Earlier this month it was reported that some Macedonian teenagers had set up “at least 140” US political websites, carrying fabricated pro-Trump content, all to generate traffic and earn money from advertising.

There were even suggestions saying that this could have affected the US elections.

Technology: Facebook to launch $14 million news literacy project to fight 'fake news'

A global alliance of tech industry and academic organisations unveiled plans on Monday to work together to combat the spread of "fake news" and improve public understanding of journalism.

The News Integrity Initiative will launch with $14 million from Facebook, the Ford Foundation, Mozilla and others, based at the City University of New York's journalism school, which will coordinate research, projects and events.

Lara dispels fake news about him

Former West Indies batting legend Brian Lara is fine and there is no need for his fans to worry, as a story circulating on social media facebook is all a hoax.

According to the report Lara was seriously injured in a car crash before dawn on Ash Wednesday. They even went further to report that publicist Andy Moore said the cricketer was returning from a party with friends in the early hours of the morning, when he was involved in the accident. All we know is that he is not doing well,’ Mr Moore told The Associated Press according to the report.