Thanks to its scale, significant funding, and global social media failure, misinformation seems impossible to contain. The name “fake news” ignores the extent and nature of today’s misinformation. Fake news is ranging from the most innocuous to the truly manipulative and malevolent. Every day, a million pieces of information hit the World Wide Web especially on Facebook and large news aggregators. At least half of it is in English. Maybe 90 percent of it is redundant, but this still accounts to about 5 million elements that deserve some checking. The best and only way to verify false information is manual fact-checking. It is more than ever necessary. So I undertook the effort to do some fact checking and unraveling some fake news myself.
I had an extraordinarily well-visited exhibition in 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Several TV stations interviewed me, reporters from newspapers came to the show and as well some radio commentators. Now some years later I wanted to update my webpage with the articles, comments, and videos of that event. An I found out that I was born not only at an entirely different date and town but as well an incredible "Master student" of Gerhard Richter, the famous German painter. How incredible is this?
Misinformation will continue to be fueled by a vast pool of resources. So far, it worked beyond expectations making me a celebrity. As long as nobody was hurt - I take it from the funny side. But astonishingly how information like this is coming into the world in spite of the release of the Goethe Institut Hanoi which had been the same for every information outlet.