ScienceBlog: How Fake News Spreads Like A Real Virus

ScienceBlog: How Fake News Spreads Like A Real Virus. “When it comes to real fake news, the kind of disinformation that Russia deployed during the 2016 elections, ‘going viral’ isn’t just a metaphor. Using the tools for modelling the spread of infectious disease, cyber-risk researchers at Stanford Engineering are analyzing the spread of fake news much as if it were a strain of Ebola.”

TechCrunch: Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

TechCrunch: Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.. “Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s why if Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube don’t want to be the arbiters of truth in campaign ads, they should stop selling them. If they can’t be distributed safely, they shouldn’t be distributed at all.”

CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads

CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads. “Elizabeth Warren has taken an attention-getting approach to attacking Facebook’s recent announcement that it won’t fact-check politicians’ posts. She’s running an ad on the social network that deliberately contains a falsehood.”

Focus here, not there: These are the gaps in political misinformation research (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab: Focus here, not there: These are the gaps in political misinformation research. “In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of American Behavioral Scientist, Brian Weeks, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and Homero Gil de Zúñiga of the University of Vienna outline the ‘critical issues’ that they hope political communications research will focus on in the future. “

Reuters: Biden campaign asks Facebook, Twitter and Google to take down Trump ad

Reuters: Biden campaign asks Facebook, Twitter and Google to take down Trump ad. “U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign sent letters over the last week to Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, asking them to take down a social media ad from President Donald Trump which the Biden campaign said contained false claims.”

Sky News: Fight fake news by tracking political parties’ social media, says Oxford study

Sky News: Fight fake news by tracking political parties’ social media, says Oxford study. “Political parties that spread fake news online should be punished with bigger fines and restrictions on their use of data, according to a University of Oxford report. The report, released today, also recommends that the Electoral Commission should keep a database of political campaigners’ social media accounts to keep track of the material they are posting.”

New York Times: Could Facebook Actually Nuke Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign?

New York Times: Could Facebook Actually Nuke Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign?. “Yes, Facebook’s willingness to let politicians lie sets a worrying precedent. And yes, lack of oversight into the platform’s decisions opens up a host of plausible election interference conspiracies. But Facebook’s essential threat to democracy isn’t that Mr. Zuckerberg will intervene on behalf of his preferred candidate — it’s more fundamental than that. Mark Zuckerberg need not intervene, because Facebook, the platform, will do so instinctively.”