CNET: Facebook will ban false voting information during midterm elections, report says

CNET: Facebook will ban false voting information during midterm elections, report says. “In an effort to battle voter manipulation on its platform, Facebook will reportedly ban misinformation about voting leading up to and during the US midterm elections in November.” Is anyone taking bets on how much Facebook will actually enforce this policy? I’ve got some money to put on “minimally if at all.”

Myanmar: Myanmar’s Military Said to Be Behind Facebook Campaign That Fueled Genocide

New York Times: Myanmar’s Military Said to Be Behind Facebook Campaign That Fueled Genocide. “They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred. One said Islam was a global threat to Buddhism. Another shared a false story about the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man. The Facebook posts were not from everyday internet users. Instead, they were from Myanmar military personnel who turned the social network into a tool for ethnic cleansing, according to former military officials, researchers and civilian officials in the country.”

Fighting Fake News Before It Was Trendy: TC’s Institute for Propaganda Analysis (Columbia University)

Columbia University: Fighting Fake News Before It Was Trendy: TC’s Institute for Propaganda Analysis. “Global tensions are simmering. Ethnic minorities are being persecuted. Propaganda and fake news stories are filling the headlines. How to sort fact from faction? It sounds familiar, but the year was 1937. At Teachers College, a new organization called the Institute for Propaganda – bankrolled by the department store magnate and philanthropist Edward Filene – has set up shop under Clyde Miller, a former reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer. As reported in The Columbia Journalism Review, for the next decade, IPA’s seven-member staff devoted its efforts to analyzing propaganda and misinformation in the news, publishing newsletters, and educating schoolchildren to be more tolerant of racial, religious, and ethnic differences.”

G91JA: WhatsApp fights fake news in India using actors who role-play in public

G9IJA: WhatsApp fights fake news in India using actors who role-play in public. “On a hot morning in India’s tourist mecca of Jaipur, an open truck painted in the signature lime-green colors of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service pulls into a dusty lane, where five men spill out and begin to perform a skit. The event is part of a major grassroots effort by WhatsApp to battle fake news, which has triggered numerous lynchings in a country where 200 million people use the service, more than anywhere else in the world.”

Poynter: The lifespan of a failed celebrity death hoax

Poynter: The lifespan of a failed celebrity death hoax . “Establish a credible enough Twitter presence. Post a hoax with the goal of tricking the media into covering it. Come out as a hoaxer. Rinse and repeat. That’s a classic strategy used by some misinformers on Twitter. And BuzzFeed News’ Jane Lytvynenko elucidated it step by step in a thread on Tuesday.”

Made and Distributed in the U.S.A.: Online Disinformation (New York Times)

New York Times: Made and Distributed in the U.S.A.: Online Disinformation. “Politics has always involved shadings of the truth via whisper campaigns, direct-mail operations and negative ads bordering on untrue. What is different this time is how domestic sites are emulating the Russian strategy of 2016 by aggressively creating networks of Facebook pages and accounts — many of them fake — that make it appear as if the ideas they are promoting enjoy widespread popularity, researchers said. The activity is also happening on Twitter, they said.”

CNET: Facebook pulls down over 800 pages, accounts ahead of midterm elections

CNET: Facebook pulls down over 800 pages, accounts ahead of midterm elections. “Facebook said Thursday it pulled down more than 800 pages and accounts that posted sensational political content for violating its rules against spam and ‘inauthentic behavior’ ahead of the US midterm elections.” This is been happening for literally years and I’m not giving Facebook any points for just now getting around to doing something about it.