Fake News
Pinterest has a perfect response to harmful misinformation  THE VERGE · 18 hours
Programming note: The Interface will be off Thursday as I finish up a project that I will share with you... more
Was Roman Emperor Nero's Evil Reputation Just 'Fake News'?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Did the infamously cruel Nero really do all the terrible things that historians reported? more
Amazon's environmental initiative, a retina-quality VR headset video - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Today's major tech stories include Amazon's plan to lower its carbon footprint, a new VR headset from startup Varjo and Google's difficult road ahead as it continues to... more
Facebook needs regulation – here's why it should be done by algorithms  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Facebook has been likened to a "digital gangster" by a critical parliamentary report into disinformation and fake news. One witness in the 18-month inquiry... more
Facebook 'Digital Gangsters' Who Spread Fake News, Say British MPs  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
A scathing British parliamentary report on Monday branded Facebook "digital gangsters" who failed to fight the spread of fake news and violated data privacy. more
Facebook, social media companies branded 'digital gangsters' by UK committee - CNET  CNET · 3 days
A Parliament report on fake news condemns Mark Zuckerberg's "contempt" toward the UK and other countries around the world. more
Facebook is a 'digital gangster': Fake news report published  Sky News · 4 days
MPs are calling for a code of ethics to ensure social media platforms remove harmful content and fake news from their sites. more
MPs call for ethics code to tackle fake news on social media  Sky News · 4 days
MPs are calling for a code of ethics to ensure social media platforms remove harmful content and fake news from their sites. more
MPs call for ethics code to tackle fakes news on social media  Sky News · 4 days
MPs are calling for a code of ethics to ensure social media platforms remove harmful content and fake news from their sites. more
Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg 'fails' - UK MPs  BBC · 4 days
The UK government publishes its report into fake news with some strong criticism of Facebook. more
Facebook broke law, must be regulated to protect democracy, politicians say - CNET  CNET · 4 days
A report on fake news from Parliament condemns Mark Zuckerberg's "contempt" towards the UK and other countries around the world. more
Musk-Founded AI Group Not to Release Research on 'Fake News' Fears  Gadgets 360 · 7 days
Dubbed as "GPT2", the AI-based automated text generator can produce fake news articles and abusive posts after being fed with a few pieces of data. more
ACLU, NAACP call on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws - CNET  CNET · 1 week
The civil rights groups aim to fix issues like discriminative advertising, voter suppression and targeted misinformation. more
UK report urges regulator for tech giants to fight fake news  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A British government-commissioned report is calling for a regulator to oversee online platforms such as Facebook and Google to help weed out "fake news." more
Misinformation is causing measles cases to rise worldwide  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Misinformation and anti-vaccination groups have caused a rise in cases of vaccine-preventable viral disease measles around the world, according to the WHO. more
Misinformation is pushing up measles worldwide  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Misinformation and anti-vaccination groups have caused a rise in cases of vaccine-preventable viral disease measles around the world, according to the WHO. more
Fabula AI is using social spread to spot ‘fake news’  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
UK startup Fabula AI reckons it’s devised a way for artificial intelligence to help user generated content platforms get on top of the disinformation crisis that keeps rocking... more
WhatsApp boots 2M accounts a month to fight misinformation - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
The messaging app is using machine learning to weed out questionable accounts. more
YouTube’s vague conspiracy theory policies present issues for the platform  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
YouTube removed ads from a feature-length conspiracy theory documentary within hours of it being posted by... more
WhatsApp Directed by Government to Come Up With Effective Fake News Curbs: Ahir  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir made the remarks in the form of a written reply to a question in... more
India Ranks 7th in Digital Civility Index Among 22 Countries Surveyed: Microsoft  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
The Microsoft survey, covering 22 countries, shows that as many as 64 percent of the Indians surveyed have encountered fake news. more
Peering under the hood of fake-news detectors  MIT · 2 weeks
Study uncovers language patterns that AI models link to factual and false articles; underscores need for further testing. more
Scientists urged to fight GMO fake news  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists must speak out about the benefits of new genetic technologies such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and gene editing, according to The University of Queensland's new Director of Crop Science, Professor Ian Godwin. more
Examining Nazi obsession with movement further reveals how they manufactured the idea of race  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
It's no accident that so much of the propaganda film, photography and artwork from the Nazi regime features automobiles, airplanes... more
Facebook Loses Key Fact-Checkers Snopes and AP  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Two leading fact-checking agencies have ended their partnerships with Facebook, striking a significant blow to the network's efforts to fight fake news more
Snopes says nope to Facebook’s money and leaves fact-checking program  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
Snopes will no longer partner with Facebook as part of the social network’s fact-checking initiative. Facebook... more
Facebook loses Snopes as a fact-checker - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
The platforms forged a partnership at the end of 2016 to curb the spread of misinformation on Facebook. more
Software that can automatically detect fake news  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Invented stories, distorted facts: fake news is spreading like wildfire on the internet and is often shared on without thought, particularly on social media. In response, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a system that automatically... more
A government propaganda app is going viral in China  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Besides binge-watching TikTok videos and battling enemies in the magical land of mobile games, many Chinese people may also pass time during the upcoming Lunar New Year on Xuexi Qiangguo,... more
Facebook removes hundreds of accounts linked to fake news group in Indonesia  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Facebook said today it has removed hundreds of Facebook and Instagram counts with links to an organization that peddled fake news. The world’s fourth... more
How Omar Khadr's name appeared in a Google search for 'Canadian soldiers'  CBC · 3 weeks
The episode is yet another reminder of how even algorithms with the best of intentions can unwittingly fuel the spread of misinformation online. more
Google, Facebook, Twitter Must Do More Against Fake News: EU  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
The Commission called on Facebook to provide more clarity on how it uses its tools to fight fake news and told Google to expand its actions to more... more
Want to squelch fake news? Let the readers take charge  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new study shows that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources may effectively marginalize false news stories and other kinds of online misinformation. more
EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The EU on Tuesday urged advertising trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia, ahead of European elections in May. more
EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
EU authorities urge internet companies to work harder combating fake news ahead of elections more
Facebook steps up efforts to moderate content and combat fake news - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
Facebook wants to create an independent board to review content that gets pulled down or stays up, but will it work? more
Study shows audience judgments can identify online misinformation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Would you like to rid the internet of false political news stories and misinformation? Then consider using—yes—crowdsourcing. more
Facebook tightens EU political ad rules ahead of election  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Facebook said Monday it is tightening requirements for political ads in the European Union ahead of bloc-wide elections scheduled for the spring, its latest effort to fight misinformation and increase... more
As Clegg appears in Brussels, Facebook tightens controls on political ads  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
Facebook continues to feel the heat over its role in how people communicate — and more importantly, miscommunicate — globally, so today in Europe it redoubled... more
Misinformation woes could multiply with 'deepfake' videos  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
If you see a video of a politician speaking words he never would utter, or a Hollywood star improbably appearing in a cheap adult movie, don't adjust your television set—you may just be witnessing... more
YouTube says it will recommend fewer videos about conspiracy theories  THE VERGE · 4 weeks
YouTube said on Friday that it would promote fewer videos containing misinformation and conspiracy theories, a... more
Small Number of Twitter Users Spread Majority of Fake News: Study  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study... more
Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
The spread of fake news on social media became a public concern in the United States after the 2016 presidential election. We examined exposure to and sharing of... more
On Twitter, limited number of characters spreading fake info  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds. more
Microsoft Edge for iOS adds ‘NewsGuard’ feature, aiming to identify fake news  9to5Mac · 4 weeks
With growing concern over “fake news” on the web, Microsoft is adding a new NewsGuard feature to its Edge browser. The company says this... more
Microsoft Edge on mobile now includes a built-in fake news detector  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
In 2019, we still don’t really know what to do about fake news. With nothing to disincentivize viral hyperpartisan headlines and other exercises in confirmation bias,... more
Microsoft Edge Gets NewsGuard Integration on Mobile to Curb Fake News  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
Microsoft’s Edge browser for mobile has received the NewsGuard feature which tells users whether a content source is credible or not. more
Microsoft is trying to fight fake news with its Edge mobile browser  THE VERGE · 4 weeks
Microsoft has started warning users of its Edge mobile browser about untrustworthy news sites. The software giant has partnered with NewsGuard to provide warnings... more
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