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Egypt Poised to Give Itself the Power to Block Anyone With 5,000-Plus Followers Over ‘Fake News’

A bill passed yesterday in Egypt empowering the government the power to block users on social media for spreading “fake news” if they have over 5,000 followers. Read More >>

Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars – including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not “intentionally getting it wrong” – the social media giant has announced it will begin removing misinformation that provokes real-world violence. Read More >>

Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News

Facebook has been under fire in India following a string of lynchings that appeared to have been prompted by false news spread on WhatsApp. It’s become such an epidemic that the Indian government has demanded something be done. For now, Facebook’s solution involves running ads in local newspapers explaining how to spot fake news. Read More >>

Facebook Is Now Trying to Hire ‘News Credibility Specialists’ to Deal With Its Fake News Problem

Years ago, Facebook fired its Trending News team and replaced them with algorithms after a Gizmodo article featured former workers claiming the site discriminated against conservative news. Then, Facebook tried and failed to suppress hoax news sites and propaganda with a series of methods designed to avoid the ire of conservatives, like third-party fact checkers and yet more algorithms. In the meantime, its so-called “fake news” problem grew worse than ever. Read More >>

How Microsoft is Using AI to Tackle Fake News

Imagine someone telling you in the late 90s that by 2018, Microsoft would be a plucky underdog. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they are crazy. And that’s before they tell you who the President is. Read More >>

If You’re Tweeting During a Disaster, You’re Probably Spreading Fake News

The old adage about a lie travelling halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on has been made true thanks to Twitter. According to a new study, the vast majority of people using the platform during disasters and breaking news events spread false information without ever getting it a second thought. Read More >>

Facebook is Going to Ask UK and European Users Which News Sources They Trust the Most

Back in January Facebook released a survey to its US members asking them about the news sources they trust the most. Surveys that were comprised of two questions. Well that idea must have been a riveting success, because Facebook is now expanding that concept to Europe. Read More >>

Facebook Is Shrinking Fake News Stories Because Nothing Else Has Worked

For what feels like the umpteenth time, Facebook is introducing another new plan to fight against the scourge of fake news that populates the platform, this time by shrinking the size of links to bogus claims and hoaxes. It probably won’t work because people are just the worst. Read More >>

How One Man Convinced a Staggering Number of People That Mark Zuckerberg Was Deleting Facebook

A couple of years ago, Andrew Oleck wondered if he could make a viral video. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker had been freelancing and doing commercial work for a decade and wanted to branch out. It took a while, but on 1 April, he released his first attempt at internet stardom: a three-minute satire, where Mark Zuckerberg says he’s decided to delete Facebook. The video has now been viewed over 32 million times. But the truly remarkable thing is how many people apparently think it’s real. Read More >>

We Had a Little Cyber-War With ISIS

Some computer men in a room in Cheltenham enjoyed the thrill of going to war recently, but without the menace of death, capture, shellshock, amputations, exposure to male banter and all that misery. They did it all on computers. Like Quake III. Read More >>

Facebook’s Fact-Checkers Sound Like They’re Miserable

At the end of 2016, Facebook delegated its misinformation problem to outside experts, but it looks like fact-checkers tasked with weeding out bullshit are largely dissatisfied with how things are going down. Read More >>

Facebook’s Local News Push is Being Expanded Worldwide

Back at the end of January Facebook announced it had a new tool in the war against fake news: local news. The aim is officially to get people more engaged in their local communities and what's going on around them in an attempt to deliver more "high quality content". That push was initially US-only, but now the global rollout is happening. Read More >>

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New BBC Game Teaches the Kids the Perils of Fake News

Back in December the BBC announced a new scheme that would teach the kids all about the fake news, and how you should always check Snopes before you go sharing outlandish stories. Now it's released a game to aid in that goal, and help people spot fake news. Read More >>

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Gigantic Study of Fake News Online Finds the Enemy Is Humanity

Over the last year, “fake news” has gone from being a niche concern that charlatans exploited for profit, to a code red existential threat to the fabric of society—or something in between. But our scientific understanding of how and why false stories spread is still limited. Researchers at MIT are diving in to correct that blind spot and for anyone looking to point a finger, we have some bad news. Read More >>