Haaretz: Breitbart Declares War on Wikipedia as Encyclopedia Gets Drafted Into Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Battle

Haaretz: Breitbart Declares War on Wikipedia as Encyclopedia Gets Drafted Into Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Battle. “Breitbart News has declared war on Wikipedia, following Facebook’s introduction of a new feature that uses the free encyclopedia to combat ‘fake news’ being spread on the social media site. The Facebook tool, launched last week, poses arguably the greatest test in years to the volunteer-run online encyclopedia, constituting a massive threat to the internet’s largest and ostensibly most trusted source of free knowledge.”

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook. “A few days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, a Facebook representative was already being grilled on the company’s trustworthiness before a Singaporean select committee. The company’s vice president of public policy for the Asia-Pacific, Simon Milner, confirmed that, if the courts ordered it, the company would remove ‘falsehoods’ that had been ‘defined as illegal.’ But just who gets to decide what constitutes an ‘illegal falsehood’ is a worrying question. The social media, with its power and reach, has reshaped Southeast Asian politics — but it’s also handed a new tool to potential authoritarians as they look to define truth and falsehood online.”

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours. “Governments around the world think legislation is the answer to the ‘fake news’ problem. So far, the only thing that seems certain is these laws will be used to control the press and stifle criticism. The limited rollouts we’ve seen of laws governing poorly-defined speech have been uniformly disastrous. The government of India was the latest to roll out ‘fake news’ legislation. There wasn’t much debate over the law, as it was unilaterally put in place by the Indian government. The motivating factor appeared to be an attempt to quell criticism of the Indian Prime Minister ahead of next year’s election. The only good thing about the decree was its extremely short shelf life.”

Poynter: With money from Facebook, this Brazilian fact-checker created a Messenger bot for the election

Poynter: With money from Facebook, this Brazilian fact-checker created a Messenger bot for the election. “Six months ahead of the Brazilian election, one fact-checker is using support from Facebook to better reach its readers. The project, called ‘Projeto Lupe!’, allows people to ask for verified information on everything from candidate statements to viral fake news stories — all by sending Agência Lupa a message on Facebook, which has about 125 million monthly users in Brazil.”

CNET: Fake news on YouTube shooting spreads, despite recent efforts

CNET: Fake news on YouTube shooting spreads, despite recent efforts. “Even before police secured YouTube’s headquarters after a shooting there Tuesday, social media was flooded with a familiar scourge: fake news. Every major social network has its own challenges with disinformation. They’ve enacted series of algorithmic and structural changes in order to combat its spread. “

New York Times: As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth

New York Times: As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth. “In highway billboards and radio announcements, the government of Malaysia is warning of a new enemy: ‘fake news.’ On Monday, the lower house of Parliament passed a bill outlawing fake news, the first measure of its kind in the world. The proposal, which allows for up to six years in prison for publishing or circulating misleading information, is expected to pass the Senate this week and to come into effect soon after.”