Garzón and Falciani debate in Xàbia about false information

The magistrate Baltasar Garzón and the engineer Hervé Falciani debated yesterday in Xàbia about the Fake News (False News) within the Summer Course of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), «Deconstructing reality. Impact of fake news and post-truth ».

Together with Garzón, Falciani and Pablo Lara, they appeared in the plenary hall of the Javea Town Hall, in the presence of its mayor, José Chulvi and Antonia Ferrer, director of the Chair.

The jurist pointed out that "It is time for governments to address the issue of fake news and not take advantage of them, because it also happens that these dynamics are favored". Likewise, Pablo Lara, professor at the UOC (Open University of Catalonia) pointed out that Fake News does not understand geography, «Experts from all fields, legal, business, gastronomic and technological have come to this talk but people are missing, someone will wonder where Google or Facebook are, it is not because they have not been invited, they do not want to participate».

Garzón: "The 90% of the speech of VOX were false statements"

The magistrate Baltasar Garzón spoke of the affection of the mass media to the false news; "There are means that resist, others are born for manipulation and in the middle is the digital explosion that serve as a link to false news. These last means discriminate the information and some are nourished by this manipulated news and nullifies the capacity for debate ».

Garzón made mention of the political party VOX, «In the election campaign, the 90% of his speech were false claims. Of every five news, four were false. It is not known where the freedom of expression is. In other countries such as France and Germany have begun to take action ».

For Garzón, "The problem is that the important thing of a news is to become Trending Topic, and not if it is true or not. Legally, to respond, we need a global framework that we do not have right now. Lying by routine is not freedom of expression ".

Garzón added that false news harms many people, «The first thing is to appeal to the responsibility of those who have the public function as an obligation. The public service involves ethics, public management, development and computing situations that may be adverse. "

Baltasar said that a study by the Complutense University of Madrid determines that 86% of people do not know how to distinguish a false or true news and 76% is interested in sharing false news rather than true news. «In the tabloids it is much more profitable to introduce sensationalist news that is further from the truth and when the internet comes in, it is better to go viral and create a trend»He said.

Falciani: "To answer or deny a false news is to help spread it"

For his part, Hervé Falciani pointed out that this phenomenon supposes "An opportunity for investigative journalism, after a stage in which the world had been filled with media, the danger was to repeat information and only competed to get the information before the others."

The Italian-French systems engineer of the HSBC bank, who helped unveil mechanisms that allowed 130.000 to identify potential tax evaders, recalled that "Answer or deny a false news is to help spread it", circumstance that Garzón has described, in some cases, as "Irresponsible, because it generates a debate by reaction that prevents people from talking about what is really important".

In any case, Falciani is "Investigating, together with the UPV, the phenomenon of conversion: how 2 millions of likes become a purchase or a vote"Because "Measuring the strength of this power will give us the possibility of achieving an antidote."

In the afternoon, Pedro Duque, Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, and Rosa Pérez Garijo, consellera of Participation, Transparency, Cooperation and Democratic Quality, closed the Conference "Deconstructing reality. Impact of fake news and post-truth " next to a debate with Nacho Calle (, Lorena Baeza (Newtral), Garzón and Falciani.

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    • Erika:

      And what do you care if we want to meet? Come on, I say that you will meet with whomever you want and no one messes with you! What you want to get into the lives of others, wow! Do not you have anything more constructive and interesting to do?

    • Erika:

      Iowa, I do not know who you are, nor do I want to know, I just want to know the reason you have to tell Miguel "not to trust". Does it bother you that we meet to get to know each other? What do you care? Have we gotten into you at some point in your private life? You can meet with whoever you want, you can be sure that we are not going to mess with you or with friends or acquaintances with whom you meet. Please, a little respect for others!

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  1. Erika:

    How curious that, according to Garzón, "Vox's speech-literally-in the electoral campaign, the 90% of his speech were false statements." Curiously, he does not mention the doctoral thesis that, unfortunately, to my modest understanding, will be the next president of Spain, the "doctor" Sánchez. Not all the other lies that this "doctor" has been releasing throughout his meteoric trajectory. And everything he promised and, of course, did not meet Mr. Chulvi? Do we get unfulfilled promises and lies from the PSOE - and from others, of course - from the newspaper archives? Only Vox lies? Amos walks!

    • Marciano:

      And the theses, masters, careers, etc. of your idolized cucumbers? and the promises of the others? and how much money have we been robbed? and how many thousands lie in ditches thanks to your idolized fascists? I am fed up with the cucumbers and voxers that blame and assault others for not knowing another methodology of social dialogue, being they the inventors of lies, bias, slander, corruption, lack of objectivity and total descerebro. Come on, go now!

      • Erika:

        Martian, I'm sorry, but the hatred, the rancor and the partisanship unleashed from your comment do not deserve any answer. And not because I do not have it, but because I'm not willing to enter into such ways. Thank you..



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