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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

What (if anything) do Facebook’s News Feed changes mean for fake news?

Plus: Lessons from Bolivia and Slovakia, and what’s the reach of fake news in the EU? By Laura Hazard Owen, for Nieman Lab 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. Less is more? Facebook, as you certainly know by now, announced last week that it’s making

Facebook news feed: replacing Disputed flags with Related articles

By Tessa Lyons, Facebook product manager, for Facebook’s blog Facebook is about connecting you to the people that matter most. And discussing the news can be one way to start a meaningful conversation with friends or family. It’s why helping to ensure that you get accurate information on Facebook is so important to us. Today, we’re announcing two changes which we believe will help in our fight against false news.

Facebook, Twitter threatened with sanctions in Britain

By Jamie Dettmer, for VOA Social media giants Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions in Britain if they fail to be more forthcoming in providing details about Russian disinformation campaigns that used their platforms in the run-up to last year’s Brexit referendum, the chairman of a British parliamentary inquiry committee warned. The companies have been given until January 18 to hand over information. Damian Collins, chairman of the Department of Culture,

Silencing the haters: German facebook group talks back to trolls

By EU vs Disinfo Reading hateful comments on social media can be distressing. According to Susanne Tannert, reading them for several hours each day requires nerves of steel. “Many of us become exhausted, discouraged; all this hate is really hard to deal with,” says Tannert, a member of Germany’s anti-hate-speech initiative #ichbinhier. “But we cannot remain silent.” Like Tannert, members of #ichbinhier (“I am here” in English) routinely track down and

Facebook Criticized After Finding Little Evidence Of Russian Meddling In Brexit Vote

By RFE/RL A top British lawmaker has accused Facebook of failing to thoroughly investigate whether Russia attempted to influence last year’s vote to leave the European Union after the social media giant said it found only three suspicious advertisements. Damian Collins, chairman of the British Parliament’s culture and media committee, said on December 13 that Facebook limited its investigation to only one source of advertisements: the Internet Research Agency, a

Facebook To Let Users See If They Followed Russian ‘Troll Farm’ Pages

By RFE/RL Facebook says it is creating a portal enabling users to learn whether they liked or followed pages or accounts linked to a shadowy Russian company that U.S. officials accuse of trying to influence last year’s presidential election with socially divisive posts. The November 22 announcement by the California-based technology giant comes amid ongoing investigations into what U.S. intelligence calls a Russian hacking and influence campaign aimed at meddling

Facebook says 126 million people in the U.S. may have seen posts produced by Russian-government-backed agents

By Tony Romm and Kurt Wagner, for Recode Facebook, Google and Twitter plan to tell congressional investigators this week that the scope of Russia’s campaign to spread disinformation on their sites — and to potentially disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential race — is much broader than the companies initially reported. At Facebook, roughly 126 million users in the United States may have seen posts, stories or other content created by

Facebook Is Starting a New Test to Provide Context About Articles

By Andrew Anker, Sara Su, and Jeff Smith, Facebook Today we are starting a new test to give people additional context on the articles they see in News Feed. This new feature is designed to provide people some of the tools they need to make an informed decision about which stories to read, share, and trust. It reflects feedback from our community, including many publishers who collaborated on its development

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