Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook waves at members of the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday. (AP photo)
LONDON – Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook says fake news is “killing minds,” and governments and tech firms must act to stop it.
Cook told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that falsehoods are being spread by people who want “to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth. It’s killing people’s minds in a way.”
Tech companies have been criticised for doing too little to weed out fake news. Cook says firms have a duty to “create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news” without curbing free speech.
In an interview published on Saturday he calls for a “massive” campaign to raise awareness of untrustworthy news stories.
Cook says “we need the modern version of the public service announcement campaign. It can be done quickly if there is a will.”