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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

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Berrymans Lace Mawer senior partner Paul Taylor is stepping down after 14 years at the helm of the insurance heavyweight, to be replaced by Terry Renouf. Executive board member Renouf was elected to the role and will take up office on 1 April 2006. He praised Taylor’s leadership, and said that he would maintain Berrymans’ […]

DLA boosts Brussels further with Gide hire

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has bolstered its Brussels regulatory team with a new hire from Gide Loyrette Nouel. Jean Naslin joins DLA Piper as a partner as a member of its EU competition practice. Naslin has acted as of counsel at Gide Loyrette since 2001. He has extensive in-house experience including positions as the […]

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