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Linking to older stories is usually noble, but for coronavirus, it can be a recipe for a misinformed audience

“Through today’s lens, many U.S. coronavirus news stories from January and February seem breezy and untroubled…Many of these stories continue to circulate on social media.” By Dan Gillmor and Kristy Roschke, for NiemanLab Like most people, we’ve been glued to breaking COVID-19 news coverage. We regularly visit local and national news sites for the latest. We also regularly run into a fundamental flaw in how news works: Far too often,

Types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation

By Dr. J. Scott Brennen, Felix Simon, Dr Philip N. Howard, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, for Reuters Institute Download a PDF version here Key findings In this factsheet we identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far. We analyse a sample of 225 pieces of misinformation rated false or misleading by fact-checkers and published in English between January and the end of March

Monica Drake: A renewed focus on misinformation

By Monica Drake, for NiemanLab “As everyone focuses on granular accuracy, the media outlets that have a truly diverse and inclusive reporting staff will distinguish themselves by simply doing stories that have broad impact and gain the trust of new audiences.” Monica Drake This won’t just be a presidential election year — it will be a post-impeachment year. Those two events will bookend what’s likely to be a never-ending flood

Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online

Authors: Gordon Pennycook, Ziv Epstein, Mohsen Mosleh, Antonio Arechar, Dean Eckles, David Rand Abstract The spread of false and misleading news on social media is of great societal concern. Why do people share such content, and what can be done about it? In a first survey experiment (N=1,015), we demonstrate a disconnect between accuracy judgments and sharing intentions: even though true headlines are rated as much more accurate than false

“Troubling”: High school students (like most people) are not good at evaluating misinformation

By Christine Schmidt, for Nieman Lab Sad non-surprise: Young people are not great — actually are kind of terrible — at evaluating digital sources on the internet, new research from Stanford found. But remember, this isn’t just young people, as some of the same Stanford researchers discovered that highly educated people are pretty bad at it too. Setting aside any and all “ok boomer” stereotypes that could come through this

Wriggling out of accountability: Misinformation, evasion, and the informational problem of live TV interviews

By Michael J. Socolow, for The Conversation The great interrogations of TV news history didn’t happen live. “There’s one option that could be considered by these programs: not inviting guests who will mislead audiences with provably inaccurate information.” First, it happened on Fox News. Chris Wallace asked White House adviser Stephen Miller about the president’s decision to use private lawyers “to get information from the Ukrainian government rather than go

Dictionary.com chooses ‘Misinformation’ as word of the year

By VoANews Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as Dictionary.com‘s word of the year on the tattered coattails of “toxic,” picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times. Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence at Dictionary, said in a recent interview that her site’s choice of “mis” over “dis” was deliberate, intended to serve as a “call to action” to be vigilant in the

«Maydan» tax does not exist.

There is a rumor in the East of Ukraine amongst employees of government financed organizations and employees of plants and mines that belong to SCM/MIH/DTEK Holdings about a “Maydan repair tax”. The amounts vary from source to source – 10%, 30%, 2 days salary, etc. That is why the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine officially stated that they never made such decision. They said “If this tax would

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