New York Times: In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities

New York Times: In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities. “Led by its founders, Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha, Alt News has criticized supporters and officials of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party for their statements targeting minorities. But in a reflection of the growing concerns about the independence and freedom of the news media in India, Mr. Zubair has landed in the authorities’ cross hairs.”

International Journalists’ Network: New tool helps media in Kenya combat spread of false information

International Journalists’ Network: New tool helps media in Kenya combat spread of false information. “To address the spread of disinformation during the 2022 election season and beyond, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme launched the iVerify Network of Fact-checking Desks, a digital platform that newsrooms and journalists can use to fact-check information before they publish or broadcast. New to Kenya, iVerify has in the past been used successfully elsewhere in Africa.”

WCNC: Tweets falsely claim The Atlantic published story about ‘Biden’s negative growth economy’

WCNC: Tweets falsely claim The Atlantic published story about ‘Biden’s negative growth economy’. “Several days after the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) had declined for the second quarter in a row, people on Twitter began sharing an image of a headline about the economy under President Joe Biden.”

New York Times: TikTok Is Flooded With Health Myths. These Creators Are Pushing Back.

New York Times: TikTok Is Flooded With Health Myths. These Creators Are Pushing Back.. “Mr. Dhahir is part of a growing cohort of scientists, physicians, health care professionals and academics who debunk health misinformation on TikTok by ‘stitching’ videos, which involves clipping existing videos into new ones and then offering one’s own input. While social media platforms including TikTok have developed systems to flag vaccine misinformation, an ocean of other dubious health claims often go unscrutinized — except when individual users like him, who have actual medical knowledge, push back.”

Poynter: YouTube takes flak on the third day of GlobalFact

Poynter: YouTube takes flak on the third day of GlobalFact. “YouTube came under fire in Oslo on Friday during a ‘fireside chat’ at GlobalFact 9, a large fact-checking conference hosted by the International Fact-Checking Network. During the Q&A, multiple fact-checkers in the audience criticized the tech giant for a failure to enforce quality standards, a general lack of communication and an alleged failure to act on mis- and disinformation on its platform.”

Poynter: Fact-checkers extend their global reach with 391 outlets, but growth has slowed

Poynter: Fact-checkers extend their global reach with 391 outlets, but growth has slowed. “Since last year’s census, we have added 51 sites to our global fact-checking map and database. In that same 12 months, another seven fact-checkers closed down. While this vital journalism now appears in at least 69 languages on six continents, the pace of growth in the international fact-checking community has slowed over the past several years.”

Junkee: The Australian Electoral Commission Has Gone Rogue On Social Media, And It’s Working

Junkee: The Australian Electoral Commission Has Gone Rogue On Social Media, And It’s Working. “We’re just over a week out from the federal election, which means you’d be hard pressed to scroll through social media without some form of political advertisement or misinformation crossing your radar. But if you’re lucky, any misinformation has likely already been fact-checked by the Australian Electoral Commission. An unexpected and unsung hero of the 2022 election cycle has been the AEC’s social media team, who have — quite frankly — chosen to go full sicko mode this year and aren’t afraid to call you out if you’re spreading electoral misinformation online.”

Washington Post: In Ukraine, Facebook fact-checkers fight a war on two fronts

Washington Post: In Ukraine, Facebook fact-checkers fight a war on two fronts. “First came a one-minute video taken on the streets of Bucha, a Kyiv suburb abandoned by retreating Russian forces. The footage showed numerous bodies, civilians in winter coats, scattered along the muddy roads like leaves on a fall day. Then came the deluge of misinformation: On social media, some argued the images were fake, that the bodies were actors pretending to be dead. Others falsely claimed the Ukrainian military had slain their own countrymen. It fell to Valeriia Stepaniuk, 22, to set things straight.”

South China Morning Post: Ukrainians take on ‘wall of propaganda’ on Chinese social media

South China Morning Post: Ukrainians take on ‘wall of propaganda’ on Chinese social media. “Ukrainians who can speak Mandarin are taking to Chinese social media platforms in an effort to provide information about the Russian invasion and win public support in China. They are translating the latest developments in the war into Chinese, including information on casualties and analysis, and posting it on their accounts on popular social media networks like WeChat and Weibo.”

Ukraine’s volunteer online army: Meet the ‘cyber elves’ fighting Russian trolls on Facebook (USA Today)

USA Today: Ukraine’s volunteer online army: Meet the ‘cyber elves’ fighting Russian trolls on Facebook. “When Henrikas Savickis is not performing at the National Theater or strumming a guitar with his drama students, this 51-year-old actor, singer and teacher from the Lithuanian city of Kaunas has an unusual side hustle. He’s a keyboard warrior on the frontlines of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. For four to five hours a day since the invasion began, Savickis fires up his laptop to shoot down pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories and falsehoods spread by Russian operatives who camouflage their activities by posing as Lithuanian citizens.”

AFP: AFP, Google team up to fact-check French polls

AFP: AFP, Google team up to fact-check French polls. “AFP and Google France announced on Monday a fact-checking project to combat false information ahead of the French presidential and legislative elections next year. With the support of Google, AFP will coordinate an alliance of media and fact-checking organisations to train French newsrooms, the internet giant and the global news agency said in a joint statement.”

Techdirt: Impossibility Of Content Moderation: Scientist Debunking Vaccine Myths Gets A YouTube Strike For Medical Misinfo

Techdirt: Impossibility Of Content Moderation: Scientist Debunking Vaccine Myths Gets A YouTube Strike For Medical Misinfo. “This involves a scientist who streams on YouTube as Scientist Mel, and tries to educate people about science, including debunking bad science takes. This included a recent two hour episode debunking anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers. The video does look at a bunch of ridiculous conspiracy theories and scientific claptrap and nonsense… and then debunks it. But, YouTube dinged her channel for misinformation.”