Poynter: Politicians are launching their own fact-checking projects. Here’s why that’s problematic.

Poynter: Politicians are launching their own fact-checking projects. Here’s why that’s problematic.. “It’s tempting to view the trend of politicians and governments co-opting fact-checking — and sometimes even fact-checkers’ own names — as business as usual for political campaigns. But it threatens to normalize other efforts that more explicitly aim to undermine the credibility of fact-checkers.”

Nieman Lab: Governments making “fake news” a crime risk stifling real journalism — accidentally or intentionally

Nieman Lab: Governments making “fake news” a crime risk stifling real journalism — accidentally or intentionally. “To stem the rising influence of fake news, some countries have made the creation and distribution of deliberately false information a crime. Singapore is the latest country to have passed a law against fake news, joining Germany, Malaysia, France, Russia, and others. But using the law to fight the wave of fake news may not be the best approach. Human rights activists, legal experts, and others fear these laws have the potential to be misused to stifle free speech, or unintentionally block legitimate online posts and websites.”

Bloomberg: How Facebook Fought Fake News About Facebook

Bloomberg: How Facebook Fought Fake News About Facebook. “Since 2016, Facebook employees have used Stormchaser to track many viral posts, including a popular conspiracy that the company listens to users through their phone’s microphone, according to three former employees. Other topics ranged from bitter protests (the #deleteFB movement) to ludicrous jokes (that Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is an alien), according to one former employee.”

Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news (South China Morning Post)

South China Morning Post: Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news. “Pro-democracy movements in Southeast Asia grappling with limited freedom of speech have found a new battleground in social media, but the rise of authoritarian policies on online platforms may curtail the effectiveness of such efforts, regional analysts say.”

Fake news ‘vaccine’ works: ‘Pre-bunking’ game reduces susceptibility to disinformation (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: Fake news ‘vaccine’ works: ‘Pre-bunking’ game reduces susceptibility to disinformation. “An online game in which people play the role of propaganda producers to help them identify real world disinformation has been shown to increase ‘psychological resistance’ to fake news, according to a study of 15,000 participants.”

Yahoo Finance: Instagram grapples with ‘fake news’ problem as phony accounts proliferate

Yahoo Finance: Instagram grapples with ‘fake news’ problem as phony accounts proliferate “Fake or ‘copycat’ Instagram (FB) accounts are taking over the platform, in a ploy to attract more followers. Scam accounts like the now-deleted @SudanMealPlan have been exploiting high-profile movements by preying on unassuming users. Separately, Sudan’s deepening political crisis is the latest target with @SudanMealPlan garnering nearly half a million followers — in just one week.”

University of Washington: Allen School and AI2 researchers unveil Grover, a new tool for fighting fake news in the age of AI

University of Washington: Allen School and AI2 researchers unveil Grover, a new tool for fighting fake news in the age of AI. “To fight the emerging threat of fake news authored by AI, a team of researchers at the Allen School and Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) developed Grover, a new model for detecting neural fake news more reliably than existing technologies can.”