Tag: Rumors and Misinformation

Who Cares What Celebrities Think About Vaccines?

Last week, just ahead of back-to-school season, New York State health officials issued emergency regulations limiting medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for kids attending schools or day care centers. What do celebrities think about this development? Hopefully, the public won’t find out — because it doesn’t matter. But unfortunately, when it comes to opinions about […]

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YouTube Disables 210 Channels That Spread Disinformation About Hong Kong Protests

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube said on Thursday that its site was used to spread disinformation about the mass protests in Hong Kong, days after Twitter and Facebook cracked down on thousands of China-backed accounts that compared the demonstrators to terrorists and accused them of being at the whim of foreign interests. In a blog post, […]

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Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation

Each day, in an office outside Phoenix, a team of young writers and editors curates reality. In the America presented on their news and opinion website, WesternJournal.com, tradition-minded patriots face ceaseless assault by anti-Christian bigots, diseased migrants and race hustlers concocting hate crimes. Danger and outrages loom. A Mexican politician threatens the “takeover” of several […]

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In New Facebook Effort, Humans Will Help Curate Your News Stories

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has long relied on algorithms to select news stories for its users to see. Now the social network wants to rely on something else for the same task, too: humans. Specifically, Facebook plans to hire a team of editors to work on a news initiative called News Tab, which is its […]

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Facebook and Twitter Say China Is Spreading Disinformation in Hong Kong

SAN FRANCISCO — China has aggressively stirred up anti-Western and nationalist sentiment using state and social media as part of an information war in the Hong Kong protests. On Monday, Facebook and Twitter said they had found evidence of just how active China has been in trying to sow discord. The social media companies said […]

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India Shut Down Kashmir’s Internet Access. Now, ‘We Cannot Do Anything.’

MUMBAI, India — Masroor Nazir, a pharmacist in Kashmir’s biggest city, Srinagar, has some advice for people in the region: Do not get sick, because he may not have any medicine left to help. “We used the internet for everything,” said Mr. Nazir, 28, whose pharmacy is near the city’s famed clock tower. He said […]

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This Video May Not Be Real

By Claire Wardle Video by Leah Varjacques and Taige Jensen In the video Op-Ed above, Claire Wardle responds to growing alarm around “deepfakes” — seemingly realistic videos generated by artificial intelligence. First seen on Reddit with pornographic videos doctored to feature the faces of female celebrities, deepfakes were made popular in 2018 by a fake […]

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Drinking Bleach Won’t Cure Cancer or Anything Else, F.D.A. Says

The Food and Drug Administration was dragged into the online world of medical misinformation this week, telling consumers not to drink bleach solutions that are being marketed as cures for autism, cancer, H.I.V./AIDS and other medical conditions. It was the latest example of how health authorities must sometimes pit science against the viral power of […]

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In Epstein Tweets, Trump Revisits a Favored Conspiracy Genre: Murder

President Trump has long used his fame and platform to amplify conspiracy theories and undermine his political enemies by muddying the waters when it comes to facts. For years, he has helped to erode voter faith in institutions by invoking the idea of a sinister force — such as the “deep state” or a rigged […]

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In Russia, Days of Fake News and Real Radiation After Deadly Explosion

MOSCOW — In online posts and calls to local officials, Russians on Monday expressed anger that the explosion of a small nuclear reactor at a military test site last week has gone unacknowledged for days by their government. “Even if it is not as dangerous as it seems, we deserve to know,” said Danil Kotsyubinsky, […]

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How YouTube Radicalized Brazil

NITERÓI, Brazil — When Matheus Dominguez was 16, YouTube recommended a video that changed his life. He was in a band in Niterói, a beach-ringed city in Brazil, and practiced guitar by watching tutorials online. YouTube had recently installed a powerful new artificial intelligence system that learned from user behavior and paired videos with recommendations […]

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Satire or Deceit? Christian Humor Site Feuds With Snopes

It’s a fake-news feud made for 2019. On one side is Snopes, the influential fact-checking website founded 25 years ago. On the other is the Babylon Bee, an upstart Christian satirical website that lampoons progressive ideas, Democrats, Christians and President Trump. Image They are fighting over how Snopes characterizes stories published by the Bee, which […]

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Facebook Love Scams: Who’s Really Behind That Friend Request?

Episode 7: ‘Connecting the World’ Producer/Director Rolake Bamgbose A lonely Florida woman established a Facebook romance with a man she thought was an American soldier in Iraq. It wasn’t until she had sent him tens of thousands of dollars from her and husband’s life savings that she learned her buff, blue-eyed friend was a fake. […]

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Mueller’s Skepticism of Trump’s Truthfulness Heightens Impeachment Debate

WASHINGTON — In late summer 2016, after WikiLeaks had published its first tranche of stolen Democratic emails, Donald J. Trump received a phone call while riding to La Guardia Airport and then told an aide that more damaging releases were coming. But Mr. Trump denied to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that he […]

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Ad Tool Facebook Built to Fight Disinformation Doesn’t Work as Advertised

Faced with a rising backlash over the spread of disinformation in the aftermath of the 2016 elections, Facebook last year came up with a seemingly straightforward solution: It created an online library of all the advertisements on the social network. Transparency, it decided, was the best disinfectant. Ads would stay in the library for seven […]

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The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t

In 2000, the Broward County Public Schools in Florida received an alarming report. Like many affluent school districts at the time, Broward was considering laptops and wireless networks for its classrooms and 250,000 students. Were there any health risks to worry about? The district asked Bill P. Curry, a consultant and physicist, to study the […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Palo Alto Consensus

In the early years after the end of the Cold War, a set of ideas emerged on economic policy that came to be known as the Washington Consensus. From Thailand to Russia, the prescription from international financial institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund was the same: Cut spending and regulation, privatize […]

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Europe Built a System to Fight Russian Meddling. It’s Struggling.

BRUSSELS — The European Union launched an ambitious effort earlier this year to combat election interference: an early-warning system that would sound alarms about Russian propaganda. Despite high expectations, however, records show that the system has become a repository for a mishmash of information, produced no alerts and is already at risk of becoming defunct. […]

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Trump Consultant Is Trolling Democrats With Biden Site That Isn’t Biden’s

AUSTIN, Tex. — For much of the last three months, the most popular Joseph R. Biden Jr. website has been a slick little piece of disinformation that is designed to look like the former vice president’s official campaign page, yet is most definitely not pro-Biden. From top to bottom, the website, JoeBiden.info, breezily mocks the […]

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