Tag: fake news

On Jussie Smollett, Misreporting, and the Fine Line Between Healthy Skepticism and MAGA Propaganda

Jussie Smollett performs onstage during amfAR Dance2Cure on December 1, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) On Thursday, Jussie Smollett appeared on Good Morning America, noting that while he was “pissed off” at the attackers he claims targeted him with homophobic and racist slurs, he was equally upset at “the attacks” that […]

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Stop Your Mind from Broadcasting Fake News

We who experience anxiety, depression and self-hatred know fake news better than anyone. At a recent rally in Washington DC, Catholic students from Kentucky’s Covington High School encountered Native American elder Nathan Phillips. Things occurred. Words were said. Spectators captured images. Within minutes, the media went wild. Divergent factions accused each other of bigotry, harassment, […]

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In ‘Zucked’, early Facebook investor Roger McNamee explains why he turned against the company

If you’re a U.S.-based Facebook user with somewhat politically active friends, your NewsFeed likely became a breeding ground with conspiracy theories and hyperpartisan memes in the months leading up to the 2016 elections. Among the users who became concerned about what he saw on his Facebook feed at this time was early Facebook investor Roger […]

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Just 1% of Twitter users exposed to 80% of fake news during the 2016 U.S. election

Just a small percentage of Twitter users were responsible for sharing fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a new study found, but those that do were frequent Tweeters. The study, published in the peer-review Science journal, found that among more than 16,000 accounts, 1 percent were exposed to more than 80 percent of the fake […]

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Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is now blocking 1 million fake accounts every day

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg took another shot this weekend at convincing the world that the controversial social networking platform has finally learned its lesson and is determined to earn the world’s trust back. Sandberg was speaking at the annual DLD Conference in Munich, Germany. While onstage, Sandberg announced the company would donate $7.5 million for […]

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Umar Johnson Doesn’t Announce Location of His Academy of (Con) Arts and Sciences … Again

Screenshot: YouTube (Link Up TV) The Honorable Dr. Umar Ifatunde GoFundme Johnson, great-grand-playcousin to Frederick Douglas, the most requested bullshitter in the Unconscious Community, Big P.O.P.A. (Prince of Panhandling Arts), the ride-or-dashiki school nurse who vowed to one day Make Hotep Great Again, has announced the location of his long-awaited Hogwarts School for Gifted and […]

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Facebook’s ‘independent oversight group’ is destined to fail

If there was any doubt about how big Facebook has gotten, CEO Mark Zuckerberg compared the struggles Facebook faces with deciding what kind of content to allow on its platform to the struggles cities face in mitigating crime. “No one expects crime to be eliminated completely, but you expect things will get better over time,” […]

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Facebook rebuttal claims ‘inaccuracies’ in scathing New York Times investigation

A highly detailed investigation by the New York Times has again raised questions about Facebook’s response to the Russian manipulation, fake news, and hate speech that have become rampant on its platform. Today, the company issued a rebuttal of sorts that address some concerns raised by the story. In the unsigned rebuttal, the company says: […]

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Chess Is Back

Tuesday, in central London, as Theresa May unveiled a freshly forged Brexit deal, American Fabiano Caruana and Norwegian Magnus Carlsen played out a procedural draw in game four of their World Chess Championship showdown, leaving the best-of-twelve battle delicately poised at two points apiece. The day’s biggest drama had unfolded hours before the two young […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Was Broke Like a Month Ago, Which Fox News Hosts Found Hilarious

Photo: Rick Loomis (Getty Images) Fresh off her midterm election victory and the purchase of her first couch, representative-elect of New York’s 14th Congressional District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, took a moment from representing the best of our political process to cut some faux-populist fat cats down to size. After Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet celebrating her new lease on home […]

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Trump Has Figured Out What’s Triggering Violence in America. Hint: It’s Not Him

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Since taking office, President Donald Trump has proven he does three things well: Lie Stoke white fear Place blame on anyone other than himself When he’s really at his best – usually during one of his rallies in some midwestern showplace arena that normally holds monster truck shows and cowboy […]

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Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 event is 5G’s ‘fake news’ wake-up call

Real 5G news has multiplied exponentially over the past year, since the next-generation cellular technology raced from theoretical to commercial faster than most observers expected. As VentureBeat’s resident “Mr. 5G,” I’ve personally sifted through all the year’s 5G teases and news, tested the first “5G-upgradeable” phone, and gone back-and-forth with 5G pioneers about what users […]

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Earning digital trust in the world of fake news

Presented by AdColony Brand safety is a long-standing issue that affects thousands of companies in every industry. Ads from family-friendly companies are being found on extremist YouTube channels, and Facebook feeds are constantly bombarded with fake news and other objectionable content. This is no longer an issue marketers can ignore; they have to pay more […]

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I Sent Fake Versions of Myself on TV and Everyone Fell for It

This article originally appeared on VICE UK. I don’t want to do this anymore. I’ve just watched myself on French TV, talking about the time I made my shed London’s number one restaurant on TripAdvisor, and it’s the last time I’ll subject myself to it. Like Jared Leto, or Julianne Moore, or any one of […]

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Fellow Media Friends, It’s Time for Us to Talk (Again) About How We Identify Black Women 

(l-r) Angela Bassett attends the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California; Omarosa Manigault Newman attends the premiere of Briarcliff Entertainment’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9′ on Sept. 19, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.Photo: Rich Polk (Getty Images for IMDb), Rich Fury (Getty Images) Fun fact: The woman in the picture on […]

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The Lessons of 9/11 Can Help Stop Internet Disinformation

The skyline of Manhattan with the World Trade Center towers represented with lights. (Photo: dibrova/Shutterstock) In the aftermath of 9/11, investigators, federal agencies, and Congress realized that the information we would have needed to detect and thwart the plot had been available.  What was missing was a systemic ability to connect the dots, see patterns […]

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Google becomes the scapegoat as U.S. Senate questions Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey

When Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, it was the fourth such hearing held by the committee in the last year on how foreign actors are manipulating users on social platforms. But it wasn’t Facebook and Twitter who Senators were most angry […]

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