Fortune: Google Introduces New Tools to Help Journalists Fight Fake News

Fortune: Google Introduces New Tools to Help Journalists Fight Fake News. “A year into a $300 million push to support journalism, Google is introducing new tools to fight fake news. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a tool that helps news organizations tag stories that debunk misinformation so that Google News can more easily feature it. Another new tool provides journalists with a database of all stories with that tag so that they can find those fact-checking stories.”

The Next Web: Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election

The Next Web: Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election. “Can South Africa really hold a general election on the 8th of May in a way that it really represents the views of its people? One might have thought this was an academic question. The Electoral Commission of South Africa is well respected and the legal system is robust. There are certainly enough political parties – around 285 are registered even if most are unlikely to participate in the May elections – for the national and nine provincial legislatures. But there have been worrying signs about the use of disinformation during previous elections and these need to be heeded.”

Neowin: WhatsApp appears to be working on an image search feature to counter fake news

Neowin: WhatsApp appears to be working on an image search feature to counter fake news. “The spread of fake news reached stratospheric heights across Facebook’s services over the past few years, not the least on WhatsApp. In India particularly, a mob in Aurad taluk of Bidar, Karnataka killed a man and injured three others in July 2018 after false accusations of child abduction against the victims spread through WhatsApp.”

Study: Information literacy can combat ‘fake news’ (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Study: Information literacy can combat ‘fake news’. “A new study conducted by Ohio University professor Dr. M. Laeeq Khan found that several factors can be used to predict someone’s ability to detect misinformation, otherwise known as ‘fake news,’ on social media. Additionally, the study found that, by looking at certain factors, it is also possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors.”

Poynter: Forget fake news stories. False text posts are getting massive engagement on Facebook.

Poynter: Forget fake news stories. False text posts are getting massive engagement on Facebook.. “When Facebook started letting users post text on top of colored backgrounds in 2016, it seemed like a fairly benign way to get people to share more personal thoughts on the platform…. But since then, like other formats on Facebook, the text post feature has been weaponized into an effective way to spread misinformation on the platform.”

BuzzFeed News: These Developers Say It Took Three Years And A Chance Meeting To Get Facebook To Deal With Their Country’s Fake News

BuzzFeed News: These Developers Say It Took Three Years And A Chance Meeting To Get Facebook To Deal With Their Country’s Fake News. “Earlier this month Facebook proudly announced its latest victory over fake news. Ahead of an upcoming parliamentary vote in Moldova, the company had removed 168 Facebook accounts, 28 pages, and 8 Instagram accounts it believed to be ‘engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior.’ It was an important policing action for the Eastern European country, which is considered among the poorest and most corrupt in Europe. But it was a long time coming.”

Reuters: Google, Facebook, Twitter fail to live up to fake news pledge

Reuters: Google, Facebook, Twitter fail to live up to fake news pledge. “Google, Facebook and Twitter have fallen short of their pledges to combat fake news, three months before key European elections, the European Commission said on Thursday.”