Reuters: EU should beef up fake news pledge involving Google, Facebook, Twitter – study

Reuters: EU should beef up fake news pledge involving Google, Facebook, Twitter – study. “The European Union should strengthen a voluntary pledge, to which Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc signed up to combat fake news, with sanctions to make it a more effective tool, a study done for the European Commission said.”

National Geographic: Fake animal news abounds on social media as coronavirus upends life

National Geographic: Fake animal news abounds on social media as coronavirus upends life. “People are compelled to share posts that make them emotional. When we’re feeling stressed, joyous animal footage can be an irresistible salve. The spread of social phenomena is so powerful, 2016 research shows, that it can follow same models that trace the contagion of epidemics.”

University of Washington: How people investigate — or don’t — fake news on Twitter and Facebook

University of Washington: How people investigate — or don’t — fake news on Twitter and Facebook. “Researchers at the University of Washington wanted to know how people investigated potentially suspicious posts on their own feeds. The team watched 25 participants scroll through their Facebook or Twitter feeds while, unbeknownst to them, a Google Chrome extension randomly added debunked content on top of some of the real posts.”

Vice: Google Is Putting Amazon Prime Ads on Russia-Backed Sites Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracies

Vice: Google Is Putting Amazon Prime Ads on Russia-Backed Sites Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracies. “New research by the Global Disinformation Network has revealed that 1,400 fake news websites spreading coronavirus conspiracy theories across Europe have been funded to the tune of $76 million by ad tech companies — with more than 60% of the revenue coming from Google alone. Many of those websites are linked to the Kremlin or directly funded by the Russian government.”

Techdirt: Spanish Government Moves Ahead With First ‘Fake News’ Prosecution

Techdirt: Spanish Government Moves Ahead With First ‘Fake News’ Prosecution. “It’s unclear what the punishment is for spreading fake news. The law provides for a jail sentence of up to two years for violators, but that’s tied to the publication of information that ‘compromises the dignity’ of a protected group. It doesn’t say anything specifically about fake news. All that seems to be clear at this point is that the “effective protocols” involve government prosecutors.”

Coronavirus misinformation spreading fast: Fake news on COVID-19 shared far more than CDC, WHO reports (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Coronavirus misinformation spreading fast: Fake news on COVID-19 shared far more than CDC, WHO reports. “The vast majority of coronavirus information shared across social media comes from fake news sites, according to Newsguard, a service that rates the credibility and transparency of web news content. Meanwhile, official sources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) receive only a tiny fraction of the social engagement concerning COVID-19.”

VentureBeat: Untrue News indexes and flags false and misleading news articles

VentureBeat: Untrue News indexes and flags false and misleading news articles. “Untrue News is open source and uses both automated and semi-automated natural language processing techniques to crawl and identify false and misleading news articles. Its AI performs text translation for multiple languages, classification, and the linking of entities like people, organizations, locations, and more, indexing over 64,000 fake stories in Portuguese, German, English, and other languages.”

NiemanLab: Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side

NiemanLab: Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side. “Fake news, misinformation, and disinformation will be major concerns in the 2020 presidential election. According to previous research by the Pew Research Center, half of American adults describe misinformation as a ‘very big problem’ — more than who say the same about climate change, racism, and terrorism (though fewer than who say healthcare affordability, the wealth gap, and drug addiction).”

Phys .org: Fake news makes disease outbreaks worse, research shows

Phys .org: Fake news makes disease outbreaks worse, research shows. “The rise of fake news could be making disease outbreaks worse—according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Researchers focused on influenza, monkeypox and norovirus across two studies—but they say their findings could also be useful for dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.”

Newswise: New MSU study corrects ‘fake news’ on social media

Newswise: New MSU study corrects ‘fake news’ on social media. “A Mississippi State University researcher and a recent graduate are publishing their new study on how the dissemination of correct information on social media platforms can shift public perception amid a wave of ‘fake news.'”

University of Waterloo: New tool uses AI to flag fake news for media fact-checkers

University of Waterloo: New tool uses AI to flag fake news for media fact-checkers. “A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool could help social media networks and news organizations weed out false stories. The tool, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, uses deep-learning AI algorithms to determine if claims made in posts or stories are supported by other posts and stories on the same subject.”