CNET: Windows Movie Maker scam tops Google search results. “If you’re looking to download the amateur video editor that Microsoft had provided for years, you won’t find it from the company. But one of the top search results on Google for ‘Windows Movie Maker’ leads to a scam version of the video editor that aims to steal your money.”
INC: Why Do Facebook Hoaxes Often Ask You To Copy, Paste, And Modify, Rather Than To Share?. “Over the past few weeks several people have asked me why some Facebook scams and hoaxes – fake news, spurious offers, etc. – specifically tell people not to re-share them, but rather, to copy and paste their contents into new posts, sometimes with a request to add personal comments to the new posts: I believe that there are at least four reasons for this…” Interesting.
CNN: Virginia voter suppression tweets went undetected by Twitter for hours . “A Twitter account misleading Democratic voters in Virginia by telling them they could cast their ballot by text message was active for almost three hours on Tuesday morning before Twitter suspended the account.”
Gizmodo: Once Again, Google Promoted Disinformation and Propaganda After a Mass Shooting. “As authorities named Devin Patrick Kelley as the shooter in a horrifying massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas which resulted in at least 26 deaths on Sunday, Google once again served up misinformation and posts from conspiracy theorists at the top of search results for his name.”
The Guardian: Jenna Abrams: the Trump-loving Twitter star who never really existed. “Apparently Jenna Abrams – all-American, Trump-loving, segregation-supporting, Confederate-defending Twitter star – does not really exist. The Daily Beast has exposed her as the creation of a troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, based in St Petersburg.”
BuzzFeed: Bogus Health News Is All Over Pinterest. “Pinterest is where many people turn for ideas about how to be healthy. But the recipes, nutrition advice, and other colorful infographics that the site is so well-known for are rife with bad information about health and science.”
BuzzFeed: Myspace Looked Like It Was Back. Actually, It Was A Pawn In An Ad Fraud Scheme. “Myspace — the iconic social network of the early 2000s — seemed to be experiencing a resurgence this summer when millions of visitors flocked to its new video page, potentially generating a wave of ad revenue for the site’s troubled parent company, Time Inc. But Myspace shut the page down this week after a BuzzFeed News investigation revealed that the surge in traffic came primarily from suspect sources that racked up fraudulent ad impressions. Myspace says it was completely unaware of and didn’t profit from any fraudulent traffic or impressions, and that the video page in question was hosted and managed by a partner and not by Myspace itself.”