Tokyo 2020 monitoring social media for 'fake news'
Tokyo 2020, the organising committee for the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital in that year, is monitoring social media for so-called ‘fake news’, in a bid to forestall inaccurate or damaging commentary on preparations for the games, according to a newspaper report.
The Mainichi reported a committee representative as saying: “In modern society, the voices of the public can be seen. Therefore, we don't believe that we will be able to spend the next 1,000 days until the opening ceremony unscathed.”
The newspaper cited examples of the monitoring activity, which began last summer, including a plan to ask local governments nationwide to provide timber free of charge to be used for the roof and columns for the ‘Village Plaza’ facility for athletes to interact with one another at the games, which attracted online criticism including: ‘Pay properly’, ‘That’s called a “contribution”’, and ‘Why do you try to procure wood for free?’
In response, the committee added the comment on the homepage on which the project was introduced: ‘We are thankful for receiving the wonderful suggestion from many local governments across the country that we use local wood for this project, and we've been considering the offer’.
The representative added: “Do the issues brought up online accurately reflect the opinions of the majority of the people? From the standpoint of sending out information, we need to grasp if this is true or not.”
Meanwhile, the organising committee told the newspaper: “The whole nation is supposed to be involved in the Games, so it's only natural that various opinions are voiced. Even then, I want to appeal to everyone that there is a lot of value in participating.”