Lib Dems caught using fake policeman in election material

The Lib Dems have been busy at the fancy dress shop again.

Lib Dem leaflet

First the Liberal Democrats included a fake nurse on one of their leaflets and now they've been caught using a fake policeman.

The photograph above shows the party's Welsh leader Kirsty Williams talking to a party worker dressed in full police uniform for the party's manifesto. It's a salutary reminder that the Lib Dems aren't afraid to resort to underhand tactics to further their cause.

But in any case, rather than bolstering the party's law and order credentials, doesn't the photo just make Williams look as if she's been nicked for her expenses?

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.