Nieman Lab: A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation

Nieman Journalism Lab: A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation. “Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for societies across the world. Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt a conversation, and at extremes it can have an impact on democratic processes, including elections. But what can we do to avoid fake news, at a time when we could be waiting a while for mainstream media and social networks to step up and address the problem?”

Horizon: Can artificial intelligence help end fake news?

Horizon: Can artificial intelligence help end fake news?. “Fake news has already fanned the flames of distrust towards media, politics and established institutions around the world. And while new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) might make things even worse, it can also be used to combat misinformation.”

BuzzFeed News: Here Are The Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Notre Dame Fire

BuzzFeed News: Here Are The Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Notre Dame Fire. “The Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic Parisian landmark, suffered extensive damage Monday after a fire engulfed the historic structure, causing its spire to collapse and destroying much of its roof. You can read more about it here. As the cathedral burned, hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and coordinated disinformation campaigns began to spread across social media.”

Poynter: Who needs deepfakes when bogus crowd photos get thousands of shares on Facebook?

Poynter: Who needs deepfakes when bogus crowd photos get thousands of shares on Facebook?. “In Indonesia, where people are paid to spread deliberately false information about presidential candidates on social media, fact-checkers have been busy debunking similar hoaxes in the lead-up to next week’s election. France 24 reported this week that misinformation has exacerbated religious rifts in Indonesian society. At the same time, a lot of the hoaxes that journalists are going after have to do with crowd size. In the past week, two of the most engaging articles from Liputan 6’s fact-checking team debunked photos that were taken out of context, according to audience metrics tool BuzzSumo.”

CNBC: Facebook is taking a page out of Google’s playbook to stop fake news from going viral

CNBC: Facebook is taking a page out of Google’s playbook to stop fake news from going viral. “The social media company said it will use a new approach called Click-Gap to reduce the amount of low-quality content, such as fake news, that users see on News Feed. For this, Facebook is crawling and indexing the entire internet to identify and web sites that receive a disproportionate amount of their traffic from the social network. Then, it will lower the prominence of posts from these sites.”

Tackling Domestic Disinformation: What the Social Media Companies Need to Do (New York University)

New York University: Tackling Domestic Disinformation: What the Social Media Companies Need to Do. “A growing amount of misleading and false content infests social media. A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights focuses on domestically generated disinformation in the US: the nature and scope of the problem, what the social media platforms have done about it, and what more they need to do.”