First Draft: How to analyze Facebook data for misinformation trends and narratives

First Draft: How to analyze Facebook data for misinformation trends and narratives. “There is a mountain of data that can help us examine topics such as the spread of 5G conspiracy theories or where false narratives around Covid-19 cures came from. It can help us analyze cross-border narratives and identify which online communities most frequently discuss certain issues. While Twitter’s public data is accessible through its Application Programming Interface (API), it can be much more complicated for researchers to access platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Facebook-owned platform CrowdTangle is the most easily accessible tool to handle three of the most important social networks — Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit — and it is free for journalists and researchers.”

Rappler: CrowdTangle rolls out new, better search tool for fact checkers

Rappler: CrowdTangle rolls out new, better search tool for fact checkers. “Content discovery and social monitoring platform CrowdTangle announced on Saturday, December 7, that it is giving fact checkers access to a new search tool, which can find and measure public posts across several social media platforms…. This tool can search for public posts shared across Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter. It is still in beta and is only currently available to Facebook’s fact-checking partners.”

Poynter: Fact-checkers have lost important digital tools — and will lose one more in September

Poynter: Fact-checkers have lost important digital tools — and will lose one more in September. “It’s been a tough year for fact-checkers. At least three major digital tools have been lost so far, and fact-checkers have already seen the impact on their daily routines. The worst news, however, is that another big loss is due next month.”

Poynter: Facebook Journalism Project and The Poynter Institute announce two new online courses

Poynter: Facebook Journalism Project and The Poynter Institute announce two new online courses. “As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we are committed to working with journalists and publishers around the world as they look for tools to better engage with their audiences. Today, as part of this commitment, we are announcing two free new Facebook Blueprint eLearning courses, created in partnership with the Poynter Institute: CrowdTangle and Facebook Groups.”