Nieman Lab: Fighting back against fake news: A new UN handbook aims to explain (and resist) our current information disorder. “In a global-first act of collaborative research and knowledge sharing involving leading international experts, the UN published a new handbook this week that aims to help equip journalism to tackle the scourge of ‘information disorder.’ The book, Journalism, Fake News and Disinformation, was edited by the two of us — Julie Posetti, a senior research fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Cherilyn Ireton, executive director of the World Editors Forum.”
Bloomberg: Sweden Struggles With ‘Country in Chaos’ Social Media Attacks. “Facing what could be the most tumultuous election in a century, the nation’s institutions and political groups have come under increasing cyberattacks that are threatening to disrupt the outcome. There has been a proliferation of new ‘bots’ on Twitter that are primarily stumping for the nationalist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats and attacking the ruling Social Democrats.”
New Indian Express: Government mulls action against India heads of social media on failure to check fake news. “Abide by law or face prosecution — this is the tough message likely to be sent to the India heads of social media platforms if the recommendations of a high-level government panel, which discussed steps to curb fake news and misinformation besides child pornography, are accepted.”
CNET: The cure for Facebook’s fake news infection? It might be these women. “In her hushed, measured tone, it may sound like the most placid movie trailer ever. But make no mistake, [Alex] Hardiman and her colleagues are on the kind of high-stakes mission that’s ripe for cinematic retelling. They’re trying to wipe aside fake news from Facebook’s massive social network, a critical source of information to 2.23 billion people, while also fostering a support system for more legitimate reporting. Their success or failure will affect the health of the news industry and the well-being of democracy worldwide. And at Facebook, where men outnumber women nearly two to one, the commanders of this mission are women.
Poynter: How to be a better fact-checker in 8 videos. “Ask any fact-checker and they’ll tell you: Finding the truth is hard. It’s time-consuming, money is tight and the potential blowback can be severe. And with hundreds of digital tools and how-tos out there, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are actually helpful. So over the past year, the International Fact-Checking Network has been producing videos that focus on tips, tricks and tools that can help improve people’s fact-checking skills. Each video is about two minutes long and features interviews and demonstrations with journalists and developers who debunk fake news for a living.”
Quartz: Zimbabwe’s politicians are fighting a vicious battle against fake news and each other. “Zimbabwe’s political parties are winding down their campaigns ahead of elections on Monday (Jul. 30) to pick the first new administration since the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe in November. But as well as battling each other in the run-up to a historic election, politicians and party officials have been fighting the spread of disinformation, so-called fake news, through social media.”
New York Times: British Lawmakers Accuse Facebook of Failing to Aid Inquiry Into ‘Fake News’. “A closely watched British parliamentary committee examining Russia’s exploitation of social media to try to influence elections has called for sweeping new regulations on tech companies, and has accused Facebook of providing ‘disingenuous answers’ to some questions while avoiding others ‘to the point of obstruction.'”