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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

Filter bubbles not the root cause of Facebook’s fake news problem

Fake news was ample and abundant on Facebook during the recent U.S. presidential election campaign, but it’s more complicated than blaming it on “filter bubbles,” says R. Kelly Garrett.

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Thu, November 17 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Filter bubbles not the root cause of Facebook’s fake news problem

Confessions of a Facebook fake-news scribe

Paul Horner has been deceiving people, sometimes effectively, for years. But he had a particularly good run during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Here are some excerpts of an interview he conducted with the Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey (“Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’“):

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Thu, November 17 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Confessions of a Facebook fake-news scribe

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