Xinhua: EU election observers to monitor fake news on social media ahead of Sri Lanka election

Xinhua: EU election observers to monitor fake news on social media ahead of Sri Lanka election. “The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has arrived in Sri Lanka to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections, and to analyse social media usage and fake news, said local media on Thursday.”

Opinion: The more outrageous the lie, the better it is for Facebook’s bottom line (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: Opinion: The more outrageous the lie, the better it is for Facebook’s bottom line. “Digital platforms try to engage users with their services for as long and as intensively as possible. This lets them sell ads and gather personal data, which then generate more value. It turns out that lies generate outrage and fear and these emotions generate engagement. So as long as a platform’s financial returns align with outrage, it is optimized for information rubbish. It’s difficult to stop the dissemination of bad information, consistent with free speech values. But what we can do is check the dominance of platforms that profit from misinformation and empower users to defend against it.”

BuzzFeed News: These Hugely Popular Local News Sites In The US And Canada Are Fake

BuzzFeed News: These Hugely Popular Local News Sites In The US And Canada Are Fake. “Since 2004, more than 2,000 newspapers have closed in the United States, and many local news outlets are struggling to build a digital business. But one remarkable success story is the Albany Daily News, a website that clocked nearly 10 million pageviews in August, roughly five times that of the 160-year-old Albany Times Union newspaper, according to analytics service SimilarWeb. The most popular news site in Albany has a simple secret to success: Fake just about everything and rake in the advertising dollars.”

TechCrunch: Legislators from ten parliaments put the squeeze on Facebook

TechCrunch: Legislators from ten parliaments put the squeeze on Facebook. “The third meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, a multi-nation body comprised of global legislators with concerns about the societal impacts of social media giants, has been taking place in Dublin this week — once again without any senior Facebook management in attendance.”

University of Texas at Austin: ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Easy to Spot on Facebook, According to New Study

University of Texas at Austin: ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Easy to Spot on Facebook, According to New Study. “With the presidential election season moving into high gear, campaign messaging will soon begin increasing dramatically. But for those of us who get our news from social media, a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin offers a strong warning: You can’t trust yourself to discern what’s true and what’s not when you’re on Facebook.”

Phys .org: The truth about misinformation

Phys .org: The truth about misinformation. “In today’s fast-paced digital age, information can become outdated rapidly and people must constantly update their memories. But changing our previous understanding of the news we hear or the products we use isn’t always easy, even when holding onto falsities can have serious consequences.”

Poynter: Macedonia has a plan to quit being known as ‘fake news land’

Poynter: Macedonia has a plan to quit being known as ‘fake news land’. “Macedonia, a small nation in the heart of the Balkans, no longer wants to be internationally known as ‘fake news land.’ And to change this situation — created during the last U.S presidential election — Macedonians decided to invest in media literacy. Specialists from all over the country are reaching teenagers in different ways to teach them how bad mis/disinformation can be — not only for themselves but for others — and they say this effort can reverberate in the United States in 2020.”