Increasing trust: The expanding Trust Project (Poynter)

Poynter: Increasing trust: The expanding Trust Project . “Twenty leading news organizations have joined an effort to increase transparency and trust in the news media, showing how they collect the news and work to provide accuracy and balance, the Trust Project announced today. Newcomers to the Trust Project include Bay Area News Group, CBC News, Heavy.com, Sky News, The Toronto Star, TEGNA, Voice of Orange County, Italy’s Corriere della Sera and Il Sole 24, Spain’s El Pais and Greece’s Kathimerini.”

Nieman Lab: A new study provides some dispiriting evidence for why people fall for stupid fake images online

Nieman Lab: A new study provides some dispiriting evidence for why people fall for stupid fake images online. “C’mon, guys, look at the source! So if you’re assessing the credibility of a possibly fake image online, you’re looking at stuff like the source, how many times it’s been shared, and what the image shows, right? Not so much, according to a new study out of UC Davis. Instead, what matters are digital media literacy skills, experience or skill in photography, and prior attitudes about the issue.”

Motherboard: Wikipedia Bans Right Wing Site Breitbart as a Source for Facts

Motherboard: Wikipedia Bans Right Wing Site Breitbart as a Source for Facts. “Wikipedia editors voted to ban Breitbart as a source of fact in it articles. The consensus, reached late last month, agreed that the outlet ‘should not be used, ever, as a reference for facts, due to its unreliability.’ Wikipedia editors also decided that InfoWars is a ‘conspiracy theorist and fake news website,’ and that the ‘use of InfoWars as a reference should be generally prohibited.'”

Quartz: Facebook is launching fact-checking tools in Africa—but WhatsApp is its real problem

Quartz: Facebook is launching fact-checking tools in Africa—but WhatsApp is its real problem. “The company announced today (Oct. 3) that it would work with independent fact-checking organization Africa Check along with the French news agency AFP to assess news accuracy and stem the flood of misinformation. If a story is identified as false, Facebook will demote them in the news feed and will warn users who try to post those stories. As part of the review and rating process, the company will also share related pieces written by the fact-checking partners immediately below the story in the news feed.”

Poynter: Google is building a search engine for fact checks

Poynter: Google is building a search engine for fact checks . “On Tuesday, the Google News Initiative launched the beta version of a tool that’s specifically for fact-checking content. The feature, which the company has been working on for months, uses the same signals as other Google products, such as Google News, to surface work from fact-checkers like Snopes and (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact.”

Library of Congress: Try the New Experimental Congress.gov Chrome Browser Extension

Library of Congress: Try the New Experimental Congress.gov Chrome Browser Extension. “Have you ever found yourself reading a news story about legislation, and wished that you could quickly discover the primary source that the article discusses? With that use case in mind, we are excited to bring you an experimental, open source Google Chrome browser extension that will provide you with enhanced access to Congress.gov from third-party webpages, such as news sites.”

Poynter: Here’s what the spread of misinformation on Twitter looks like

Poynter: Here’s what the spread of misinformation on Twitter looks like. “How much misinformation made the rounds on Twitter during the French presidential election last year? Possibly not a lot. That’s according to a study conducted by the Politoscope project at the Institute of Complex Systems of Paris Île-de-France, which analyzed the interaction between Twitter accounts. The report looked at 60 million exchanges from more than 2.4 million users by collecting data related to French politicians and political keywords in real time using an automated visualization platform.”