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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.