The Government’s Enlisted Influencers to Try and Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

Misinformation spreads on the internet faster than the coronavirus can spread through a population. Measures have already been put in place to try and stop all this, but misinformation comes from all over, even the mouth of the Oompa Loompa in Chief Donald Trump. So the government's latest line of defence has been revealed: the influencers. Read More >>

The World Health Organization’s Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

On Friday the World Health Organization took the fight against online health misinformation to TikTok, the same day it elevated its coronavirus threat assessment to the organisation’s highest possible level. Read More >>

Facebook and Twitter Refuse to Take Down Donald Trump’s Edited Nancy Pelosi Speech Ripping Video

Facebook and Twitter declined to take down a modified video posted to President Donald Trump’s accounts on both platforms that creates a questionable mash-up of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s viral speech-ripping moment during the State of the Union address. The dispute with the social networks was made public by Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, who accused the platforms of caring more about their stakeholders’ interests than the public’s interests. Read More >>

The Anatomy of Online Bullshit in the Fog of Impending Doom

On early Friday local time, the U.S. assassinated high-ranking Iranian official Qassem Soleimani and multiple other people with a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Or they were killed on the battlefield in a totally legal, non-assassination, depending on who you believe. Read More >>

Facebook Bravely Limits Nonsense Health ‘Cures’ and Misinformation to Just Some People

Facebook’s track record for tackling misinformation on its platform is, well, you might say not exactly great. It’s not just limited to dumb or misleading political memes either – it also includes seriously dangerous health misinformation and alleged “cures.” Realising the error of its ways and their potential for harm, Facebook has finally decided to delete this information altogether so it can no longer be shared or seen. Read More >>

Do Facebook’s Fact-Checking Efforts Even Work?

At the end of 2016, Facebook decided to finally do something about its misinformation problem. It tasked a bunch of third-party fact-checkers to flag and weed out fake and misleading content from its News Feed. Now, it’s extending this fact-checking effort to Instagram. Read More >>

Mozilla Calls Out Facebook for ‘Failing’ on Ad Transparency

Over at Facebook, it’s been a year of controversy and climbing profits. Read More >>

Facebook’s Latest Changes Will Only Promote Well-Established Fake News

Facebook, in an attempt to clean up the mess it’s created, has announced yet another set of changes meant to help it be less awful. Read More >>

When Will Facebook Do More in Genocide-Torn Myanmar?

It’s been nearly two years since the bloody peak of a social media-fuelled genocide in Southeast Asia, but Facebook is still not doing enough to prevent the ongoing promotion of violence and hate in Myanmar on its social network, according to a member of the United Nations team that found the Silicon Valley company for years failed to stop its platform from being used to incite genocide in the Asian nation. Read More >>

Facebook’s Misinformation Problem Is Only Getting More Complicated

In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook’s potential to be a subversive political tool has been all too clear. And several years later, the social network still struggles to crack down on the very real dangers its platform creates for political systems. As the social network cracks down on its core product, new battlefronts are opening up in the fake news war and WhatsApp is proving to be a more troublesome product to police Read More >>

Facebook and Twitter Purge Hundreds of Fake Accounts Linked to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela

Twitter and Facebook both announced on Thursday that they’ve recently removed hundreds of accounts tied to misinformation campaigns with links to Russia, Venezuela, and Iran. Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a call with reporters that the companies were able to identify bad actors on their respective platforms through ongoing information-swapping, the Hill reported Thursday. Read More >>

Facebook Announces New Policies Aimed at Axing Pages and Groups Peddling Fake News

Long after it became painfully clear that Facebook was being manipulated as a tool to undermine democracy and cause harm, the social media company still struggles to keep its platform free of the kind of garbage specially engineered to effectively warp reality – even as recently as this month. And previous systems it’s employed to combat the pervasiveness of disinformation on its platform just didn’t seem to be cutting it. Read More >>

WhatsApp Puts New Limit on Message-Forwarding in Effort to Curb Misinformation

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned chat service, has announced that it will cap the number of messages that can be forwarded at once to five, Reuters reported Monday. The move is WhatsApp’s latest effort to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its app. Read More >>