CSUDH: Faculty Researchers Provide In-Depth Analysis of Fake News

CSUDH: Faculty Researchers Provide In-Depth Analysis of Fake News. “Researches at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) have released the results of a study that provides an in-depth understanding of who produces and spreads ‘fake news,’ and who is duped by it. The findings are part of a larger study on the psychological constructs associated with fake news consumers and producers.”

Arizona State University: Study finds brief exposure to ‘fake news’ can affect beliefs on climate change

Arizona State University: Study finds brief exposure to ‘fake news’ can affect beliefs on climate change. “Exposure to fake news about climate change may impact people’s belief in human-caused climate change and weaken their perceptions of the scientific consensus on climate change. New research from Arizona State University Assistant Professor Caitlin Drummond evaluates how a short exposure to fake news headlines affects people’s scientific beliefs and attitudes.”

New study: Eyes linger less on ‘fake news’ headlines (Phys .org)

Phys .org: New study: Eyes linger less on ‘fake news’ headlines. “The term ‘fake news’ has been a part of our vocabulary since the 2016 US presidential election. As the amount of fake news in circulation grows larger and larger, particularly in the United States, it often spreads like wildfire. Subsequently, there is an ever-increasing need for fact-checking and other solutions to help people navigate the oceans of factual and fake news that surround us. Help may be on the way, via an interdisciplinary field where eye-tracking technology and computer science meet. A study by University of Copenhagen and Aalborg University researchers shows that people’s eyes react differently to factual and false news headlines.”

University of Texas at Austin: Effective New Tool Created for Discerning Fake News

University of Texas at Austin: Effective New Tool Created for Discerning Fake News. ” We hear a lot about fake news, but do we know it when we see it Research from The University of Texas at Austin has found that although Facebook users may be too quick to believe or share misinformation, flagging fake news can make a significant difference. In fact, the study, published online [August 13] by Information Systems Research, shows that platforms can reduce the extent to which their users fall for and spread fake news articles by deploying a better designed fake news flag.”

Reuters: EU should beef up fake news pledge involving Google, Facebook, Twitter – study

Reuters: EU should beef up fake news pledge involving Google, Facebook, Twitter – study. “The European Union should strengthen a voluntary pledge, to which Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc signed up to combat fake news, with sanctions to make it a more effective tool, a study done for the European Commission said.”

National Geographic: Fake animal news abounds on social media as coronavirus upends life

National Geographic: Fake animal news abounds on social media as coronavirus upends life. “People are compelled to share posts that make them emotional. When we’re feeling stressed, joyous animal footage can be an irresistible salve. The spread of social phenomena is so powerful, 2016 research shows, that it can follow same models that trace the contagion of epidemics.”

University of Washington: How people investigate — or don’t — fake news on Twitter and Facebook

University of Washington: How people investigate — or don’t — fake news on Twitter and Facebook. “Researchers at the University of Washington wanted to know how people investigated potentially suspicious posts on their own feeds. The team watched 25 participants scroll through their Facebook or Twitter feeds while, unbeknownst to them, a Google Chrome extension randomly added debunked content on top of some of the real posts.”

Vice: Google Is Putting Amazon Prime Ads on Russia-Backed Sites Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracies

Vice: Google Is Putting Amazon Prime Ads on Russia-Backed Sites Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracies. “New research by the Global Disinformation Network has revealed that 1,400 fake news websites spreading coronavirus conspiracy theories across Europe have been funded to the tune of $76 million by ad tech companies — with more than 60% of the revenue coming from Google alone. Many of those websites are linked to the Kremlin or directly funded by the Russian government.”

Techdirt: Spanish Government Moves Ahead With First ‘Fake News’ Prosecution

Techdirt: Spanish Government Moves Ahead With First ‘Fake News’ Prosecution. “It’s unclear what the punishment is for spreading fake news. The law provides for a jail sentence of up to two years for violators, but that’s tied to the publication of information that ‘compromises the dignity’ of a protected group. It doesn’t say anything specifically about fake news. All that seems to be clear at this point is that the “effective protocols” involve government prosecutors.”

Coronavirus misinformation spreading fast: Fake news on COVID-19 shared far more than CDC, WHO reports (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Coronavirus misinformation spreading fast: Fake news on COVID-19 shared far more than CDC, WHO reports. “The vast majority of coronavirus information shared across social media comes from fake news sites, according to Newsguard, a service that rates the credibility and transparency of web news content. Meanwhile, official sources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) receive only a tiny fraction of the social engagement concerning COVID-19.”

VentureBeat: Untrue News indexes and flags false and misleading news articles

VentureBeat: Untrue News indexes and flags false and misleading news articles. “Untrue News is open source and uses both automated and semi-automated natural language processing techniques to crawl and identify false and misleading news articles. Its AI performs text translation for multiple languages, classification, and the linking of entities like people, organizations, locations, and more, indexing over 64,000 fake stories in Portuguese, German, English, and other languages.”

NiemanLab: Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side

NiemanLab: Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side. “Fake news, misinformation, and disinformation will be major concerns in the 2020 presidential election. According to previous research by the Pew Research Center, half of American adults describe misinformation as a ‘very big problem’ — more than who say the same about climate change, racism, and terrorism (though fewer than who say healthcare affordability, the wealth gap, and drug addiction).”

Phys .org: Fake news makes disease outbreaks worse, research shows

Phys .org: Fake news makes disease outbreaks worse, research shows. “The rise of fake news could be making disease outbreaks worse—according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Researchers focused on influenza, monkeypox and norovirus across two studies—but they say their findings could also be useful for dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.”