The Decentralists Episode 4: Is Social Media the Biggest Threat to Independent Journalism?

What is the biggest threat to independent journalism both in Canada and internationally? We discuss this question and more with the executive director and spokesperson for the watchdog group, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, Daniel Bernhard. 

FRIENDS conducts leading-edge policy and opinion research on issues affecting Canadian media and related issues. This research demonstrates that millions of citizens care deeply about the future of Canadian media, journalism, and programming. Unfortunately, as social media continues to dominate how Canadians access news, independent journalism is threatened. In this episode, we ask Daniel:

How are data and journalism being weaponized by bad actors? Why isn’t social media doing more to fact check the news? Should we rely on governments to “fix” social media?

We answer these questions and more on the best Decentralists episode yet!