The National: Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media

The National: Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media. “The Egyptian parliament on Monday approved in a final reading a bill that would allow authorities to monitor social media users and combat ‘fake news’, the legislature said. The bill was backed by two-thirds of parliament’s 596 members and it will now be sent to President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to be ratified.”

CNET: Seven questions Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg needs to answer about InfoWars

CNET: Seven questions Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg needs to answer about InfoWars. “Hey Zuck, can we talk? There’s a massive debate going on in this country about fake news, what it is, who gets to say it and how it should be challenged. And Facebook — and you, Mark Zuckerberg — are smack in the middle of it.”

BuzzFeed: Facebook Proves It Isn’t Ready To Handle Fake News

BuzzFeed: Facebook Proves It Isn’t Ready To Handle Fake News. “On Wednesday afternoon, Facebook invited a handful of journalists to its New York offices for shrimp cocktail, a short presentation, and a question-and-answer session with its head of News Feed. The company screened its expensive 12-minute short film on fake news, which was directed by Academy Award–winning documentarian Morgan Neville and then opened up the floor for reporters to ask questions. The goal: to convince reporters that Facebook has finally found purchase in its long fight against misinformation. It didn’t go as planned.”

NPR: Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans’ Trust In Local News

NPR: Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans’ Trust In Local News. “Russia’s information attack against the United States during the 2016 election cycle sought to take advantage of the greater trust that Americans tend to place in local news. The information operatives who worked out of the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg did not stop at posing as American social media users or spreading false information from purported news sources, according to new details. They also created a number of Twitter accounts that posed as sources for Americans’ hometown headlines.”

Wired: Facebook Opens Its Private Servers To Scientists Studying Fake News

Wired: Facebook Opens Its Private Servers To Scientists Studying Fake News. “For years, accessing Facebook’s private data came with a whopper of a caveat: Whatever findings your research turned up had to be preapproved by the company—before you made it public. But Social Science One, acting as an intermediary, removes that condition. The organization has insight into what kind of data Facebook has available and what kind of data researchers need. Now it’s bridging the gap: Starting today, researchers from around the world can apply for funding and data access that Social Science One will approve—not Facebook. If researchers want to search for something in the platform’s data that could make it look bad—or if they actually find something—Facebook won’t be able to pump the brakes.”

Mashable: WhatsApp adds another new feature to help fight fake news

Mashable: WhatsApp adds another new feature to help fight fake news. “WhatsApp wants to fight the spread of fake news — and that means a meaningful change is coming to its app. On Tuesday, the company announced it’s adding labels to forwarded messages so users can better identify rumors, fake news, and other false information that often spreads via the messaging app.”

Google Blog: Building a better news experience on YouTube with the GNI

Google Blog: Building a better news experience on YouTube with the GNI. “We launched the Google News Initiative (GNI) earlier this year with three goals in mind: to elevate and strengthen quality journalism; evolve business models to drive sustainable growth; and empower news organizations through technological innovation. Since then, we’ve been working through partnerships to support investigative journalism, strengthen fact checking organizations, improve digital news literacy, and continue our collaboration with publishers.”