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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

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

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