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The internet risks becoming a platform for cults, rumour and disinformation, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with creating the web.
He said that a new system needed to be put in place that would differentiate between reliable websites that use trusted sources and those that do not.
"On the web, the thinking of cults can spread very rapidly and suddenly a cult which was 12 people who had some deep personal issues suddenly find a formula which is very believable," he told the BBC.
"A sort of conspiracy theory of sorts and which you can imagine spreading to thousands of people and being deeply damaging."