Digital literacy project sets an ambitious goal: Wikipedia pages for 1,000 local newspapers (Poynter)

Poynter: Digital literacy project sets an ambitious goal: Wikipedia pages for 1,000 local newspapers. “When readers search for a publication on Google, an ‘info box’ populated by Wikipedia pops up on the right side of the search results with basic information like the publication’s founding date, circulation size and editor. But that’s not the case for thousands of smaller local papers that don’t have a Wikipedia page. Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, plans to work with students around the U.S. to create pages and info boxes for the local newspapers lacking them.”

BuzzFeed: A Marketing Site Deleted Over 7,000 Articles After It Was Caught Stealing Fact-Checks And Plagiarizing

BuzzFeed: A Marketing Site Deleted Over 7,000 Articles After It Was Caught Stealing Fact-Checks And Plagiarizing. “Since at least November 2016, [Shawn] Rice has written thousands of articles about hoaxes for business2community.com, a business and marketing blog. His quick, formulaic debunks appeared high on the first page of Google search results and in Google News. He was the site’s most frequent contributor and recently scored its biggest hit on Facebook of the past two years with a debunk of a fake story about Netflix picking up the recently canceled TV series Roseanne, according to data from social tracking tool BuzzSumo. Rice’s story generated over 80,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook. But last night close to 6,000 of Rice’s more than 7,200 articles were suddenly deleted — including all of his debunks. And Rice’s remaining stories were deleted after this story was published.”

The Guardian: Facebook advertises for ‘fake news’ fact checkers

The Guardian: Facebook advertises for ‘fake news’ fact checkers. “Facebook has advertised for ‘news credibility specialists’ to fact-check content that appears on its site, after accusations of bias and the ongoing controversy over fake news. Almost two years after the company fired its ‘trending’ news team and replaced it with algorithms in an attempt to fight accusations of anti-conservative editing, it posted the job listings on Thursday.”

ACM Digital Library: Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources

ACM Digital Library: Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources. “Recent research has suggested that young users are not particularly skilled in assessing the credibility of online content. A follow up study comparing students to fact checkers noticed that students spend too much time on the page itself, while fact checkers performed ‘lateral reading’, searching other sources. We have taken this line of research one step further and designed a study in which participants were instructed to do lateral reading for credibility assessment by inspecting Google’s search engine result page (SERP) of unfamiliar news sources. In this paper, we summarize findings from interviews with 30 participants.”

CNET: Facebook will fight fake news with real newspaper ads (and more)

CNET: Facebook will fight fake news with real newspaper ads (and more). “Facebook is continuing its fight against fake news with three new initiatives, the company said on Wednesday. The first is a news literacy campaign that offers tips on how to identify fake news, as well as information on what the social network is doing to combat the issue. The information will show up at the top of News Feed and in print ads, beginning in the US and then spreading to other countries over the next few months, the company said.”

Mashable: In unhinged Twitter rant, Elon Musk says he’s creating a site for rating ‘truth’

Mashable: In unhinged Twitter rant, Elon Musk says he’s creating a site for rating ‘truth’. “Rockets, cars, tunnels, brain-linking computers, candy, and… the definitive arbiter of truth? In an unhinged Twitter rant Wednesday afternoon, Grimes’s boyfriend Elon Musk proudly announced … that he intends to create a website dedicated to rating individual journalists and news organization based on their supposed truthfulness. And here’s the thing: We think he’s serious.”