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Fake news. It’s complicated

By Claire Wardle, First Draft To understand the misinformation ecosystem, here’s a break down of the types of fake content, content creators motivations and how it’s being disseminated By now we’ve all agreed the term “fake news” is unhelpful, but without an alternative, we’re left awkwardly using air quotes whenever we utter the phrase. The reason we’re struggling with a replacement is because this is about more than news, it’s

The fake news phenomenon: How it spreads, and how to fight it

By Molly Callahan, Northeastern This past weekend, Northeastern University and Harvard University co-hosted a conference on fake news and how to combat it. Experts ranging from network scientists and psychologists to social media gurus, journalists, and political scientists convened at Harvard’s law school to bring their knowledge to bear and determine what can be done to stem the pernicious flow of misinformation. “A well-functioning democracy requires a healthy ecosystem of

A guide to spreading fake news about Paris riots

First: start with a strong headline. “Three police officers beaten up in Bobigny” will do. Second: add a photo of a man in a torn uniform with blood streaming down his face.  This was the very post that spread like wildfire on social media on Monday, February 13, the day after riots rocked the Parisian suburb of Bobigny amid allegations that a young black man called Théo was anally raped

Fake news is ‘killing people’s minds’, says Apple boss Tim Cook

Apple chief calls on governments and technology companies to crack down on misinformation in public discourse By Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian Fake news is “killing people’s minds”, Tim Cook, the head of Apple, has said. The technology boss said firms such as his own needed to create tools that would help stem the spread of falsehoods, without impinging on freedom of speech. Cook also called for governments to lead information campaigns

Fake news for liberals: misinformation starts to lean left under Trump

The president’s tumultuous first weeks in office could influence uptick in viral sharing of misleading articles and propaganda that stoke progressive anxieties While stories of police violence at Standing Rock have become commonplace, the account that spread last week was particularly shocking. An article from AlternativeMediaSyndicate.com said officers had burned the camps of indigenous activists fighting the Dakota Access pipeline – and destroyed their tipis. The piece, which included an

The BBC is using ‘slow news’ to fight fake news

By Jessica Davies, Digiday The BBC is taking a stronger stance on fighting the online spread of misinformation, having launched a dedicated lie-debunking unit at the heart of its newsroom. Currently, half a dozen people have been assigned to the team, and plans are afoot to double that, according to BBC News editorial director Jamie Angus. The new team’s set-up involves picking stories that aren’t verified or are masquerading as real news,

Google has banned 200 publishers since it passed a new policy against fake news

The company routinely weeds out “bad ads.” Now it weeds out more bad ad publishers, too. Google kicked 200 publishers off one of its ad networks in the fourth quarter, partly in response to the proliferation of fake news sites. The company banned the publishers from its AdSense network, an ad placement service that automatically serves text and display ads on participating sites based on its audience. The ban was

Fake news is a red herring

Fake news, propaganda and “disinformatzya” are changing the media landscape – in the US, Russia and Turkey and across the world. The question is how to combat them? By Ethan Zuckerman, for DW Watching the 2016 US presidential election was already a surreal experience, as dozens of qualified candidates lost out to a failed businessman and reality television star. But the strangness of the election was complicated by news stories

A fake fake news checker

A case of double bluff – this was the conclusion Swedish internet users reached after a Swedish website presenting itself as the next in a series of websites devoted to checking facts and challenging disinformation turned out to be doing the contrary of what it claimed – not checking but reinforcing disinformation. As we have reported, awareness of the disinformation problem is growing both globally, via e.g. the First Draft

Lies make history

By Maximiliane Koschyk, Deutsche Welle From the “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” to ex-US President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monika Lewinsky: lies have shaped history. DW examines the falsehoods that changed the world. Fake news is not a new phenomenon: lies have always been effective means for political ends. We looked back at the biggest falsehoods of the last century and a half. By Maximiliane Koschyk, Deutsche Welle

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