Fake News
YouTube’s misinformation crisis was years in the making  THE VERGE · 3 days
A rule of thumb I have about covering big tech platforms is that generally you will not learn anything useful... more
Australia officials work with social media to safeguard poll  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Australian electoral authorities say they have for the first time set up a cybersecurity task force and are working with social media companies to tackle misinformation in the run up... more
Political fake news: They might be a liar but they're my liar  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
An international collaboration has investigated how people perceive politicians when they spread misinformation. The research found supporters of the politicians reduced their belief in... more
How fake news gets into our minds, and what you can do to resist it  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for societies across the world. more
Can artificial intelligence help end fake news?  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Fake news has already fanned the flames of distrust towards media, politics and established institutions around the world. And while new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) might make things even worse, it can also... more
Jack Dorsey says it’s time to rethink the fundamental dynamics of Twitter  TechCrunch · 5 days
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took the stage today at the TED conference. But instead of giving the standard talk, he answered questions from TED’s... more
YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A YouTube fact-check feature which is meant to tackle misinformation accidentally tagged live broadcasts of a fire engulfing Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris with details about the 9/11 terror attacks. more
YouTube Fact-Checking Tool Goes Wrong: In Flaming Notre Dame, It Somehow Sees 9/11 Tragedy  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
The misfire underscored the ongoing limits of computerised tools for detecting and combating misinformation. more
Research explores ways to bridge gaps in science communication  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
"Give me a break!" "Fake News!" "Blah Blah Blah..." These retorts are symptoms of a fundamental problem in science communication—new research from the Tepper School of Business shows that when... more
Academics concerned about Singapore's 'fake news' law  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Nearly 100 academics worldwide have expressed concern over Singapore's proposed law against "fake news", warning it could threaten academic freedom and hurt the city-state's ambition to become a global education hub. more
Internet Archive denies hosting 'terrorist' content  BBC · 1 week
Europol has sent 550 "false" demands to the site asking for "propaganda" to be removed immediately. more
Logan Paul helps Alex Jones avoid YouTube ban  THE VERGE · 1 week
Eight months after YouTube banned Alex Jones, the far-right conspiracy theorist returned to YouTube to sit down with Logan Paul... more
US social media users sticking with services: survey  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
US adults appear to be sticking with Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms despite controversies over privacy and misinformation, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. more
Facebook use hasn't changed much despite privacy, fake news scandals - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
US adults are just as hooked on social media now as they were last year, according to a Pew survey. more
Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site—stepping up the company's fight against... more
Facebook steps up fight against fake news in groups and messaging - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
The social network outlines new ways it'll police "problematic" content that's being shared in Facebook's private spaces. more
Facebook will limit reach of groups that share misinformation  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Facebook is announcing a handful of updates today that are designed to reduce the reach of harmful content... more
Before India's election, voters feed on false information  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
False news and hateful propaganda on digital platforms are at peak levels before India's elections begin, and that's posing a problem for officials trying to combat it more
Before India's elections, voters feed on false information  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
False news and hateful propaganda on digital platforms are at peak levels before India's elections begin, and that's posing a problem for officials trying to combat it more
In India's election, voters feed on false information  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
As the world's largest democracy starts voting in a phased general election carried out over six weeks, election officials are seeking to combat the spread of fake news more
Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Tech giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist propaganda and child... more
U.K. considers direct regulation of social media companies  CBC · 2 weeks
The U.K. for the first time on Monday proposed direct regulation of social media companies, with senior executives potentially facing... more
Facebook, Google, Twitter Concerned Over Singapore's 'Fake News' Laws  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
If an action is deemed malicious and damaging to Singapore's interests, companies could be hit with fines of up to SGD1 million ($740,000). Individuals could face jail terms of up... more
UK considers direct regulation of social media companies  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The U.K. has proposed directly regulating social media companies for the first time, with senior executives potentially facing fines if they fail to block damaging content such as terrorist propaganda or images... more
Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Tech giants have reacted with horror after Singapore proposed laws against "fake news" allowing authorities to order the removal of content and impose hefty fines, in what critics say is an assault on free... more
Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
In social media's misinformation battle, bogus claims on the dangers of vaccines are the next target more
Social media gets thumbs-down in new US poll  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Americans are fearful about the impact of social media firms such as Facebook and Twitter, with many saying they spread misinformation and divide the country, even though most people still use these... more
WhatsApp Features Added in 2019: Everything New That WhatsApp Has Added This Year  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
WhatsApp rolled out an India-specific features called Tipline in 2019, and several tweaks to prevent the spread of fake news. more
Twitter reverses stance and allows ad encouraging you to vote in France  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Political ads on social networks have become a lot more complicated in France after the French parliament passed the so-called “fake news law” in... more
WhatsApp's New Tipline Isn't Really a Helpline for Those Looking to Verify News  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
WhatsApp has launched a tipline in India to combat fake news ahead of the upcoming general elections, but it isn't just another... more
Singapore’s proposed ‘fake news’ law could stifle free speech  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
For many, Singapore is an idyllic and livable city in Asia. But there’s serious concern for the country and its five million population around a proposed law to curb ‘fake... more
Guardian to flag old news on social media  BBC · 3 weeks
Old articles will be marked with their year of publication on social media, to limit misinformation. more
How extremism came to thrive on YouTube  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
A system built to attract the maximum amount of user attention succeeds beyond all expectation, only to wind up promoting dangerous misinformation... more
Twitter says action taken against pro-Netanyahu bot network  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Twitter says it has "taken action" after an Israeli watchdog exposed an alleged bot network spreading propaganda in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and smearing his opponents. more
Twitter says action taken against pro-Netanyahu bot network  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Twitter has confirmed it has "taken action" after an Israeli watchdog's exposure of an alleged bot network spreading propaganda in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more
Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Indian political parties, Pakistan's military  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Facebook said Monday that it had removed hundreds of pages and accounts linked to government and political organizations in India and Pakistan that misled users about... more
WhatsApp launches fact-checking service in India ahead of elections  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
WhatsApp is launching a new fact-checking service in India ahead of the country’s upcoming elections. Reuters reports that... more
WhatsApp Unveils 'Tipline' in India to Tackle Fake News Ahead of General Elections  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
WhatsApp Tuesday unveiled its ''Checkpoint Tipline'', where people can check the authenticity of information received. more
Facebook's call for global internet regulation sparks debate  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's call for "globally harmonized" online regulation raises questions about how internet platforms can deal with concerns about misinformation and abusive content while remaining open to free speech. more
April Fools hoax stories could offer clues to help identify 'fake news'  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Academic experts in natural language processing who are interested in deception have compared the language used within written April Fools hoaxes and fake news... more
April Fools hoax stories could offer clues to help identify 'fake news'  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Studying April Fools hoax news stories could offer clues to spotting 'fake news' articles, new research reveals. more
Social media has remarkably small impact on Americans' beliefs, research finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Social media had only a small influence on how much people believed falsehoods about candidates and issues in the last two presidential elections, a pair of... more
Banning exotic leather in fashion hurts snakes and crocodiles in the long run  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
We are all familiar with the concept of "fake news": stories that are factually incorrect, but succeed because their message fits well... more
Cringeworthy politics: Trump sparks 'embarrassment' spikes on Twitter  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A piece of not-fake-news: there has been a 45-percent increase in people tweeting about embarrassment since Donald Trump took office. In an analysis of Twitter traffic between June 2015 and June 2017,... more
WhatsApp Launches Second Campaign to Fight Fake News Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
New campaign would educate people on the controls available in WhatsApp so they are empowered to stop the spread of misinformation more
Facebook has shut down accounts spreading fake news, but is it accountable?  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Since late last year, Facebook has been actively shutting down accounts responsible for spreading hoaxes in some countries, especially those holding general elections. more
GoFundMe pulls antivaccine campaigns from platform - CNET  CNET · 4 weeks
The company says promoting misinformation violates its terms of service. more
GoFundMe pledges to remove anti-vax campaigns  THE VERGE · 4 weeks
GoFundMe is removing anti-vaxxers from its platform, according to an exclusive report by The Daily Beast. The company is currently conducting a review for... more
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