Extended Interview: Stephen Davis

Fake news is a "public health emergency" with potentially apocalyptic consequences, says former NZ Herald editor and author Stephen Davis.

"It's just like the Ebola virus but it's more likely to kill you. Disinformation will destroy society."

Davis' new book, Truthteller, addresses what he sees as a critical lack of media literacy among both journalists and the general public.  

"I wrote Truthteller, because every year I would give my journalism students a test to do research online and distinguish truth from fiction. Every year the numbers of students failing went up. Last time 70 percent failed."

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