TechCrunch: Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds

TechCrunch: Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds. “A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media in Europe ahead of regional elections this month has found individual stories shared on Facebook’s platform can still hugely outperform the most important and professionally produced news stories, drawing as much as 4x the volume of Facebook shares, likes, and comments.”

CNN: Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy

CNN: Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy. “Finland has faced down Kremlin-backed propaganda campaigns ever since it declared independence from Russia 101 years ago. But in 2014, after Moscow annexed Crimea and backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, it became obvious that the battlefield had shifted: information warfare was moving online.”

Vice: Justin Trudeau Announces Plans to Fine Social Media Companies for Fake News

Vice: Justin Trudeau Announces Plans to Fine Social Media Companies for Fake News. “Canada is introducing a digital charter that will impose ‘meaningful financial consequences’ on tech companies if they don’t reign in misinformation on their platforms, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.”

Reuters: Google, Facebook, Twitter rapped for not doing enough in EU fake news fight

Reuters: Google, Facebook, Twitter rapped for not doing enough in EU fake news fight. “Facebook, Google and Twitter were reprimanded by the European Commission on Friday for not doing enough to tackle fake news plaguing the election campaign to the European Parliament, seven months after promising to do more.”

The Moscow Times: Russia to Set Up ‘Fake News Database’

The Moscow Times: Russia to Set Up ‘Fake News Database’. “Alexander Zharov’s regulatory agency, known by the acronym Roskomnadzor, has successfully blocked LinkedIn in Russia and is currently engaged in a yearlong battle to ban access to the popular Telegram messaging app. Roskomnadzor has also ordered news websites to delete content under a Russian law that bans ‘blatant disrespect’ toward the authorities.”

The Atlantic: How to Spot the Latest Disinformation Campaign

The Atlantic: How to Spot the Latest Disinformation Campaign. “There is a very small chance that you came across what appeared to be an Atlantic article about the war in Yemen in September of 2017. The author, according to the byline, was Aria Bendix, a regular global news writer. Every link in the story went to other Atlantic stories. It even included the module shilling low-brow content slurry, which used to appear on Atlantic articles, at the bottom of the page. On first glance, that is to say, you might not have known that you were looking at a counterfeit story, produced as part of a global disinformation campaign that was recently unearthed by the researchers at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.”

Monday Note: Confusing Facebook With the Internet is the Perfect Storm for Fake News

Monday Note: Confusing Facebook With the Internet is the Perfect Storm for Fake News. “More than one hundred million people in the world do not consider that using Facebook or WhatsApp is surfing the internet. The number is expected to rise sharply in the coming years opening the way to more misinformation.”