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Fake U.S. election news outperformed the real thing on Facebook

A Buzzfeed analysis shows that in the last three months of the U.S. presidential election, fake news enjoyed far more sharing and engagement on Facebook than from mainstream brands such as the Washington Post and the New York Times.

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Canadian journos lobby Parliament for a shield law

Lede: “Journalists and parliamentarians are putting pressure on the Liberal government to enhance the protection of reporters and confidential sources, calling for quick legislative changes instead of rhetorical support for the freedom of the press.”

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Canada criticized in Marrakech over fossil fuel ambitions

Lede: “The Liberal government’s twin pursuits of expanded foreign markets for Canadian fossil fuels and global action on climate change are getting some unfavourable notice at an international climate summit in Morocco.”

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Twitter bans some prominent alt-right accounts

Lede: “Twitter is cracking down on accounts belonging to members of the alt-right movement in the wake of Donald Trump‘s victory in the presidential election, USA Today reported Wednesday.”

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The complex problem of fixing fake news

Columnist Navneet Alang writes that we exist in a time “where everything is equally true, therefore nothing is.” If you accept that as true, then how does one go about weeding fake news out of social media feeds?

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