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Most Americans believe fake news, research finds

Subhed: “An exclusive Ipsos poll conducted for BuzzFeed News found that 75 per cent of American adults who were familiar with a fake news headline viewed the story as accurate.”

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Tue, December 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Most Americans believe fake news, research finds

Which platform didn’t purvey fake news in 2016 election? Snapchat

Snapchat doesn’t have the audience reach of Facebook (although it’s bigger than Twitter), but it does have certain key advantages when it comes to keeping fake news off its app.

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Thu, December 1 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Which platform didn’t purvey fake news in 2016 election? Snapchat

Journalism in a post-truth era

TVO’s The Agenda had a good discussion on this topic with three academics (two American), a former Globe and Mail editor and the founding editor of Buzzfeed Canada, Craig Silverman. If you’re interested in the current journalistic fad of fake news, it’s worth watching.

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Tue, November 29 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Journalism in a post-truth era

WaPo ‘Russian propaganda’ story criticized

From the headline on the Intercept_: “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group.”

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Sun, November 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on WaPo ‘Russian propaganda’ story criticized

A case study in fake news going viral

From the NYT tweet: “How one tweet from a 35-year-old with 40 followers started a nationwide conspiracy theory about anti-Trump protests.”

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on A case study in fake news going viral

Russian propaganda inserted itself in U.S. election

Lede: “The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.”

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Thu, November 24 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Russian propaganda inserted itself in U.S. election

Cool the moral panic over fake news

Contrarian columnist Jack Shafer thinks we need to ease the moral panic over fake news. For one thing, he believes some of the cures may end up worse than the disease.

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Tue, November 22 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Cool the moral panic over fake news

A day inside a pro-Trump fake news site

The creators of LibertyWritersNews.com know their audience loves U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and hates President Barack Obama. So they give them what they want.

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Sun, November 20 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A day inside a pro-Trump fake news site

Demand the real problem with fake news

Columnist Tabatha Southey said what made the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign a post-truth election is that people were indifferent to whether they were being lied to or not. In any event, fighting fake news on a platform like Facebook is more difficult than it seems.

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Sat, November 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Demand the real problem with fake news

Fake news problem may help reduce trust in real journalism

John Herrman wrote that the cry of “fake news” may well start to bite into real journalism as well, as people use it to tag any journalistic error.

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Sat, November 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Fake news problem may help reduce trust in real journalism