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YouTube’s Bad Anti-Conspiracy Algorithm Links Notre Dame Fire to 9/11 Attacks

The "information panel" feature, which is supposed to defend against fake news spread, promoted a link to terror attacks.
Samantha Cole
5 days ago

Researchers Retract Study That Said Fake News Is Just as Likely to Go Viral as the Truth

A paper that claimed the quality of information doesn't factor into how viral it becomes under conditions of "information overload" has been retracted.
Jordan Pearson
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Boomers Share the Most Fake News on Facebook, Study Finds

A new study found that age was the main factor that determined whether someone would spread misinformation on Facebook.
Sarah Emerson
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Journalists Are Not Social Media Platforms’ Unpaid Content Moderators

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted how much the platform relies on reports from journalists on to counter offending content on the site.
Jason Koebler
Joseph Cox
In Moderation

Facebook’s Own Training Materials Fell for Fake News

As the 2 billion user-strong platform grapples with misinformation, a training document for Facebook content moderators incorrectly claimed an image was of violence in Myanmar.
Joseph Cox
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Facebook Is Rating Users' Trustworthiness, But It Won't Say How

In an effort to fight fake accounts and misinformation, Facebook is implementing a scale that ranks users’ trustworthiness from zero to one.
Daniel Oberhaus

Gfycat's AI Solution for Fighting Deepfakes Isn't Working

Chasing AI-created fake videos with AI moderators doesn’t work, as Gfycat may be finding out.
Samantha Cole
Social Media

People Are Making Fake Facebook Profiles of the Santa Fe Shooter to Fit Their Political Narratives

People are rushing to push the shooter into the opposite political camp.
Matthew Gault
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David Hogg Thinks His Conspiracy Theorist Trolls Are Full of Shit

The Parkland teen has a simple strategy for dealing with people who think he's a 'crisis actor:' call bullshit.
Sophie Kleeman

Fake News About the Parkland Kids Is Still Going Viral on Facebook

Misleading stories from sketchy sites are all the rage. Again.
Sophie Kleeman
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A Data Scientist Was Sick of Seeing Spam on His Facebook so He Built a Fake News Detector

It's still a work-in-progress but shows the possibilities for machine learning in the age of fake news.
Kaleigh Rogers

The #1 Trending Video on YouTube Right Now Suggests That a Student From the Parkland Shooting Is a Crisis Actor

A video described as 'DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR….' has made the top of the trending section, another example that YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem.
Emanuel Maiberg