Phys .org: Right-wing WhatsApp users in Brazil are more effective at spreading disinformation

Phys .org: Right-wing WhatsApp users in Brazil are more effective at spreading disinformation. “After Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, international political pundits and journalists wondered if social media platform WhatsApp enabled far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power. Northwestern University computer scientists now confirm that WhatsApp use played a key role in the electoral process.”

The Rio Times: Museum in Rio Uses Social Media Language to Attract Audience

The Rio Times: Museum in Rio Uses Social Media Language to Attract Audience. “Blending art with social media language increased visits to the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) by 60 percent. The Hashtags da Arte exhibition selected 40 pieces from the museum’s collection and marked each one with stickers featuring keywords used in apps (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) intermingled with the descriptions of the works. The method aroused young people’s curiosity for art.”

Journalism in the Americas: Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute

Journalism In the Americas: Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute. “In the past year, the use of Instagram and WhatsApp for consuming news online has grown significantly in at least four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil alone, 53 percent of these consumers use WhatsApp for this purpose, the highest among 38 countries.”

Google Blog: Meet the Brazilian “Painter of the People,” Candido Portinari

Google Blog: Meet the Brazilian “Painter of the People,” Candido Portinari. “Today, in collaboration with six Brazilian museums including Projeto Portinari and Pinacoteca, Google Arts & Culture is launching a comprehensive collection about Cândido Portinari to honor the works of one of the most important Brazilian artists. It’s the first time people will be able to enjoy his collection of over 5,000 pieces of art, thousands of letters and documents from his personal archive and curated stories about Portinari’s art, life and legacy.”

Columbia University Libraries: Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Launches the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive

Columbia University Archives: Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Launches the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. “The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. Built by the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, member libraries of the Latin America Libraries of the Northeast Group, and with significant contributions from members of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, the Archive comprises Brazilian government websites in the areas of human rights, the environment, LGBTQ issues, and culture, for the period following the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on October 28, 2018, up to his inauguration on January 1, 2019.”

Poynter: A glitch in Facebook’s fact-checking system isn’t notifying some users who share false posts

Poynter: A glitch in Facebook’s fact-checking system isn’t notifying some users who share false posts. “If it weren’t for a glitch in Facebook’s fact-checking partnership, one of this week’s biggest viral hoaxes might not have reached as many people. In Brazil, a false meme posted Jan. 14 that claimed a federal judge ordered prisons to remove power outlets got nearly 200,000 engagements on Facebook. That’s in spite of two debunks published days later by fact-checkers at Aos Fatos and Agência Lupa, which both partner with Facebook to find, debunk and decrease the reach of misinformation on the platform.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The International Medical Device Database grows as ICIJ adds two more countries

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The International Medical Device Database grows as ICIJ adds two more countries. “Patients and healthcare professionals can now search more than 76,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices relating to medical devices. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today adds two new countries – France and Brazil – to the first-ever global database of medical devices.”