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Unlike in 2016, there was no spike in misinformation this election cycle

By Paul Resnick, for The Conversation The “Iffy Quotient” has been downright steady leading up to tomorrow’s midterm elections, and Facebook deserves some credit for it. A newsy photo of a public figure shows up on your social media feed, with a clickbait-y headline and a provocative comment, all linking to a site with juicy political content. Did you share it? Somebody did. It wasn’t a paid ad, or even

Figure of the Week: 20

By EU vs Disinfo Facebook is opening a “War Room” to protect elections from disinformation attempts on the social network. Scheduled to become operative on 24 September, the War Room will house about 20 Facebook staffers “focused on rooting out disinformation, monitoring false news, and deleting fake accounts that may be trying to influence voters.” The team will use specially designed software to spot and track unusual activity flowing across the social

Facebook: Expanding fact-checking to photos and videos

By Antonia Woodford, Product Manager, Facebook We know that people want to see accurate information on Facebook, so for the last two years, we’ve made fighting misinformation a priority. One of the many steps we take to reduce the spread of false news is working with independent, third-party fact-checkers to review and rate the accuracy of content. To date, most of our fact-checking partners have focused on reviewing articles. However,

Facebook’s attempts to fight fake news seem to be working. (Twitter’s? Not so much.)

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab Plus: How YouTubers spread far-right beliefs (don’t just blame algorithms), and another cry for less both-sides journalism. The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. “The overall magnitude of the misinformation problem may have declined.” It’s fun to hate on

Figure of the Week: 32

By EU vs Disinfo Since the US election in 2016, Facebook has worked with improving its knowledge of and resilience towards information operations that are using the platform to spread disinformation and sow discord. On 31 July Facebook announced that they had removed 32 pages and accounts from their platforms (Facebook and Instagram) for “coordinated and inauthentic behaviour.” Facebook concludes so far that the actors behind the accounts (called ‘bad actors’ by the platform)

Facebook vs. Russian bots: the Kremlin is winning

By InformNapalm For over 2 months in a row InformNapalm volunteers have been struggling with the wave of Facebook bans. Currently 4 of our active members are blocked for 30 days. While these bans are the result of new Facebook blocking policy, we investigated “ban words” and discovered that there is no way for the user to address this issue properly and to avoid further bans. Regular Facebook Search options

Zuckerberg: Facebook Deleted Posts Linked to Russian ‘Troll Factory’

By VOA Facebook, expanding its response to people using the platform improperly, said Tuesday that it had deleted hundreds of Russian accounts and pages associated with a “troll factory” indicted by U.S. prosecutors for fake activist and political posts in the 2016 U.S. election campaign. Facebook said many of the deleted articles and pages came from Russia-based Federal News Agency, known as FAN, and that the social media company’s security

Figure of the Week: 50 million

By EU vs Disinfo The data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica took private information from more than 50 million U.S. Facebook users without their permission to support Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Cambridge Analytica has also worked with the successful Brexit campaign. The revelations were made by Christopher Wylie, the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica since turned whistleblower. The case constitutes one of the biggest data breaches in Facebook’s history and sheds

Brazil’s Largest Newspaper Quits Facebook, Accuses it of Harboring ‘Fake News’

By Taisa Sganzerla, for Global Voices One of Brazil’s largest and most influential newspapers decided to rebel against Facebook by ceasing to publish content on its page, which has nearly six million followers. The move, which was announced in an editorial-like article on February 8, may be unprecedented for a major news outlet page with such a massive following. Time will tell whether other major news outlets follow in Folha’s footsteps. The

Measuring the reach of “fake news” and online disinformation in Europe

By Reuters Institute In this factsheet by Richard Fletcher, Alessio Cornia, Lucas Graves and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, we provide top-level usage statistics for the most popular sites that independent fact-checkers and other observers have identified as publishers of false news and online disinformation. We focus on two European countries: France and Italy. We examine France and Italy as two particularly important cases, as both are widely seen as facing serious

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