Rupert Murdoch suggests women are more beautiful in fashionable clothes than topless. Brr. Photo: Getty
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The end of Page 3? Rupert Murdoch asks: "Are young women sexier in clothes?"

A sexist end to a sexist institution?

Could this be the end of Page 3?

The Sun's hideously sexist third page, featuring a topless woman every day, seems to be on the way out.

The Guardian's ever-vigilant media commentator Roy Greenslade pointed out earlier this week that the Sun hasn't included its usual Page 3 content since Thursday last week, and suggested that the paper is "quietly weaning itself off" the page, which has been the subject of a great deal of feminist campaigning for years.

Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corporation and devastating media overlord, has hinted in some tweets that he'd like to get rid of the so-called institution.

Here are his tweets:

These sexist comments could spell the end of the sexist practice.

I'm a mole, innit.

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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.