Phys .org: Journalism is an ‘attack surface’ for those who spread misinformation

Phys .org: Journalism is an ‘attack surface’ for those who spread misinformation. “For all the benefits in the expansion of the media landscape, we’re still struggling with the spread of misinformation—and the damage is especially worrisome when it comes to information about science and health.”

Phys .org: Scholarly journals work together to disseminate knowledge in ob-gyn

Phys .org: Scholarly journals work together to disseminate knowledge in ob-gyn. “The researchers identified 3,767,874 articles in the journal Science’s Science Citation Index Expanded and profiled the top-cited 100 ob-gyn articles that were published in non-specialty journals, which includes general medicine and surgery journals, and the top-cited 100 ob-gyn articles that were published in specialty journals to see how academic journals work together to disseminate knowledge in the ob-gyn field.”

Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak (South China Morning Post)

South China Morning Post: Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak. “The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement released late on Wednesday that it has set up supervision on platforms that include those run by microblogging service provider Sina Weibo, short video and news apps operator ByteDance, and Tencent Holdings, which owns the ubiquitous multipurpose app WeChat.”

Poynter: Google, Facebook and Twitter could do more to surface fact-checks about coronavirus

Poynter: Google, Facebook and Twitter could do more to surface fact-checks about coronavirus. “Between Jan. 22 and Feb. 5, 41 fact-checking organizations around the world have published 211 fact-checks about the 2019 coronavirus using ClaimReview, the infrastructure built by Schema.org to help fact-checks be surfaced by Google and used by social media platforms like Facebook. Among those 211 fact-checks, published in 15 languages across the globe, 199 alerted audiences about content considered false, partially false, mostly false and/or inaccurate. Only 12 were about true claims, photos and videos spread on the internet.”

Ctrl-F: Helping make networks more resilient against misinformation can be as simple as two fingers (NiemanLab)

NiemanLab: Ctrl-F: Helping make networks more resilient against misinformation can be as simple as two fingers. “People have a limited amount of effort they’ll expend on verification, the lack of knowledge here may be as big a barrier as other cognitive biases. Why we aren’t vigorously addressing issues like this in order to build a more resilient information network (or even to just help students study efficiently!) is something I continue to not understand. Yes, we have big issues. But can we take five minutes and show people how to search?”

New York Times: Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus

New York Times: Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus. “Chinese citizens are overcoming a lack of reporting on the crisis in the state-run media by sharing their own videos and information about the coronavirus outbreak.”

NiemanLab: The Wuhan coronavirus is the latest front for medical misinformation. How will China handle it?

NiemanLab: The Wuhan coronavirus is the latest front for medical misinformation. How will China handle it?. “The Wuhan Coronavirus has infected more than 800 people, mostly in and around Wuhan, China, and killed at least 26. (This morning, a second case was confirmed in the United States, in Chicago. The virus has also been found in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.) As was the case with the Ebola virus, the coronavirus outbreak is responsible for the spread of a lot of misinformation, although it’s early enough in the epidemic that we don’t yet have tons of info on what that misinformation looks like.”