Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? (NeverEnding Search)

NeverEnding Search: Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? . “I am delighted to participate in a free webinar next week that reaches across libraryland. Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? will be a live session at ALA Annual this summer, but we’re presenting a preview on Wednesday, April 25 courtesy of the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Office of Intellectual Freedom.”

Poynter: 16 ways to debunk hoaxes on WhatsApp

Poynter: 16 ways to debunk hoaxes on WhatsApp. “Facebook gets a lot of attention for its fake news problem, but WhatsApp is no stranger to far-reaching viral hoaxes. The private messaging platform, which hit 1 billion daily users last summer, has become a source of misinformation about everything from unions to storms. Since the platform is encrypted and groups are limited to 256 people, no one really knows when or where content goes viral — not even WhatsApp itself. That has made it exceedingly difficult for fact-checkers to uncover and debunk WhatsApp hoaxes, developing innovative workarounds in order to at least partially address fakery on the platform.”

Poynter: Who reads fact-checking and why? Here’s what one outlet found out

Poynter: Who reads fact-checking and why? Here’s what one outlet found out. “A British fact-checking organization recently heard from more than 2,000 people about how and why they read fact checks. On Tuesday, Full Fact published its first large-scale audience research survey, based on a fall 2017 survey of self-selected participants that contained 24 questions, supplemented with data from Google Analytics and polls. While not representative, the findings are part of a larger trend among fact-checkers to conduct in-house audience analyses.”

Neowin: Facebook is testing third-party news fact checking in India

Neowin: Facebook is testing third-party news fact checking in India. “Facebook has come under fire for the spread of fake news enabled by its platform in recent months. The firm had announced a series of initiatives around the world to promote more accurate journalism. Today, the company is working on improving the accuracy of news shared on its platform in India. The firm will be partnering with BOOM, an independent third-party agency verified by the International Fact-Checking network which will be reviewing English articles and rating their accuracy.”

BuzzFeed: How To Spot A Deepfake Like The Barack Obama–Jordan Peele Video

BuzzFeed: How To Spot A Deepfake Like The Barack Obama–Jordan Peele Video. “Don’t be embarrassed if you were fooled, even if only briefly. Technology to trick our eyes and ears is advancing rapidly. Teams in Germany are working on Face2Face, the type of face- and voice-swapping technology used to create the video above. Software giant Adobe is creating a “Photoshop for audio” that makes it easy to edit and manipulate what someone has said, as is a Montreal startup called Lyrebird. After you’ve selectively edited someone’s words, you could take that audio and use tech developed at the University of Washington to generate a video of the very same person speaking those words, just to make it fully convincing.”

Haaretz: Breitbart Declares War on Wikipedia as Encyclopedia Gets Drafted Into Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Battle

Haaretz: Breitbart Declares War on Wikipedia as Encyclopedia Gets Drafted Into Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Battle. “Breitbart News has declared war on Wikipedia, following Facebook’s introduction of a new feature that uses the free encyclopedia to combat ‘fake news’ being spread on the social media site. The Facebook tool, launched last week, poses arguably the greatest test in years to the volunteer-run online encyclopedia, constituting a massive threat to the internet’s largest and ostensibly most trusted source of free knowledge.”