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MPs question Facebook on fake news problem

MPs on the House of Commons’ heritage committee questioned a Facebook representative about the plethora of false and misleading news circulated on the social media giant. In return, they got the stock line uttered earlier by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO.

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Thu, November 17 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on MPs question Facebook on fake news problem

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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Wed, November 16 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Fake U.S. election news outperformed the real thing on Facebook

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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Wed, November 16 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter bans some prominent alt-right accounts

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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Social media: It’s no journalism medium

With its emphasis on sharing and engagement, Facebook and other social media platforms inadvertently feed into the propensity for people to share news that reinforces their views and to do it with people whose views they share, says technology professor Ramona Pringle.

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Mon, November 14 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Social media: It’s no journalism medium

Facebook can’t deny its publishing role any longer

Emily Bell of the Tow Centre argues that Facebook can make the world a better place if it starts editing the great waves of information it pumps out every day.

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Fri, November 11 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook can’t deny its publishing role any longer

Twitter to phase out Vine video app

Sometime in the next few months or so, Twitter says it will pull the plug on Vine, a micro-video service dedicated to looping videos lasting about six seconds each.

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Thu, October 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter to phase out Vine video app

Facebook backtracks on censoring famous Vietnam war photo

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Sat, September 10 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook backtracks on censoring famous Vietnam war photo

NPR ends website comments

National Public Radio in the United States has joined those media organizations who have decided to shut down online comments and seek audience feedback through social channels.

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Wed, August 17 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on NPR ends website comments

Using social media to report on Islamic State

Rukmini Callamachi covers Islamic State and al Qaeda for the New York Times. This Wired Q-and-A looks at how she uses social media to further her journalism.

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Sat, August 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Using social media to report on Islamic State