Yorkton This Week: Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks

Yorkton This Week: Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks. “A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it.”

Lead Stories: Here Are The Tools And Methods We Used To Map A Macedonian Fake News Network And The People Behind It

Lead Stories: Here Are The Tools And Methods We Used To Map A Macedonian Fake News Network And The People Behind It. “Sherlock Holmes had his magnifying glass. Hercule Poirot relied on his ‘little grey cells’. But the 21st century internet detective needs more than that to catch the bad guys. In this article we present some of the tools and tricks we used to figure out who was behind a large network of websites endlessly reposting fake, sensationalized or outdated stories to reap advertising profits.”

The Jerusalem Post: Foreign Ministry Launches App To Stop Fake News On Social Media

The Jerusalem Post: Foreign Ministry Launches App To Stop Fake News On Social Media. “The Foreign Ministry and tech company Commun.it launched a program to share information about social media accounts spreading disinformation, the ministry announced on Wednesday. The initiative comes after months of efforts by the ministry to combat the phenomenon, which has spiked since early elections were announced. Journalists were targeted in five attempts by foreign Twitter accounts to spread fake news stories in the Israeli media. “

The Next Web: The only way to stop fake news is for you to take responsibility

The Next Web: The only way to stop fake news is for you to take responsibility. “The nature of the media has changed, and for better or worse they now chiefly operate to survive to attract readers, and we are those readers. If we want to see an end to fake news, we need to stop clicking on it, and stop spreading it. Our click is worth money. You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘vote with your dollar’ applied to things like purchasing fair trade items. But you can, and do, vote with your clicks, too.”

Quartz: Facebook is bracing itself for an onslaught of fake news in India

Quartz: Facebook is bracing itself for an onslaught of fake news in India. “Facebook is ramping up its efforts to fight fake news ahead of India’s general elections, which are expected this spring. The social network expects to soon appoint ‘key personnel’ to the India office, The Economic Times reported in an interview with Katie Harbath, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director.”

Nieman Lab: Old people are most likely to share fake news on Facebook. They’re also Facebook’s fastest-growing U.S. audience.

Nieman Lab: Old people are most likely to share fake news on Facebook. They’re also Facebook’s fastest-growing U.S. audience.. “Elderly Americans were most likely to share fake news around the election, even after controlling for political affiliation and ideology. Only a small percentage of people shared fake news in the first place, but those who did were likely to be over 65.”

Ars Technica: Information overload study we covered has been retracted

Ars Technica: Information overload study we covered has been retracted. “In 2017, we covered a study that suggested information overload may be responsible for the viral spread of faulty information. The study was based on a mix of modeling of artificial ‘agents’ that forwarded information to their peers, and real-world data obtained from Twitter. In attempting to follow up on their own work, the researchers who produced it discovered two problems: a software bug in their analysis pipeline, and a graph that was produced using invalid data.”