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The U.N. Takes on Misinformation

The United Nations laid out a gloomy forecast by the Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The speech was a roadmap to United Nations priorities including climate change, global peace and tackling misinformation.

Guterres says that the U.N. calls “for action from everywhere with influence on the spread of ‘mis- and disinformation’ on the Internet.” Given the UN’s track record for disseminating misinformation of their own about, oh, pick a topic: Chinese forced labor camps, Covid, nuclear power plants, the war in Ukraine, Syrian chemical attacks. I could go on. The point is: should the UN be the one to push for government action against misinformation? This would seem a direct attack not on misinformation but on any speech that questions global narratives.

Guterres spoke of the doomsday clock that was recently moved a little closer to global catastrophe and a report last week said that the world is moving towards a “polycrisis,” meaning many global problems at once, conflating and confounding one another.

European leaders will meet in Brussels this week to discuss Ukraine, the economy and mass migration.

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