Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched the Contract for the Web, a set of principles designed to “fix” the internet and prevent us from sliding into a “digital dystopia”.
However, the genius who created the most ideal system for spreading lies and misinformation – the World Wide Web – appears to not be clever enough to realise that a bunch of self-interested, immoral, rich people would find a way to use it to spread lies and misinformation.
Berners-Lee complained about the Tories using his invention to spread lies and misinformation throughout the General Election campaign.
He said he couldn’t believe they changed their Twitter handle to make it look like a fact check service.
If only we’d had some inkling they were capable of lying.
You know, like writing bollocks on the side of a bus. Or saying you’ll build 40 new hospitals when that is demonstrably not the case. Or buying a website called labourmanifesto.co.uk and putting loads of propaganda on it.
Sir Mr Berners-Lee did not say “What do you mean ‘they did all that’?!! That’s an utter disgrace. Somebody should shut this web thing down right now!
“In fact, whilst I was designing it, somebody said to me ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ but I ignored them. Because I wasn’t Spiderman.
“I only realise now that my third cousin-twice removed – Stan Lee – ’s stuff was allegorical. So I’m not as clever as everyone was making out.”