Tim Berners-Lee: We Must Tackle Fake News for the Benefit of All of Humanity

By Lucy Handley, special to CNBC

Worldwide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has called on online giants including Google and Facebook to tackle the spread of fake news online, in an open message published to mark the web’s 28th birthday.

“Over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends, which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool which serves all of humanity,” he wrote on the World Wide Web Foundation’s site Sunday.