Business Insider: This winning team of university students have a plan to combat fake news – and it’s a 3-pronged attack. “The growing prominence of fake news since the US presidential election last year has made it the talk of the town – with major companies like Facebook actively trying to curb the spread of erroneous news circulating online. So when 140 students were tasked to come up with tech solutions to combat fake news at a hackathon over the weekend, one group in particular stood out in the eyes of the judges with its ‘“three-pronged’ approach.”
The Atlantic: What Facebook Did to American Democracy. “Tech journalists covering Facebook had a duty to cover what was happening before, during, and after the election. Reporters tried to see past their often liberal political orientations and the unprecedented actions of Donald Trump to see how 2016 was playing out on the internet. Every component of the chaotic digital campaign has been reported on, here at The Atlantic, and elsewhere: Facebook’s enormous distribution power for political information, rapacious partisanship reinforced by distinct media information spheres, the increasing scourge of ‘viral’ hoaxes and other kinds of misinformation that could propagate through those networks, and the Russian information ops agency. But no one delivered the synthesis that could have tied together all these disparate threads.”
New York University: Carter Journalism Institute Launches “First Amendment Watch” to Highlight, Analyze Threats to Freedom of Expression. “First Amendment Watch… documents contemporary threats to the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and petition, posting stories as they arise along with related content to better inform the conversation. Through daily updates, analysis, access to relevant legal cases and historical background, First Amendment Watch includes extensive resources for journalists and a thoughtful public eager to keep up with current controversies and understand how First Amendment principles apply to them.”
Poynter: How to use Tweetdeck and advanced search to make Twitter useful again. “Depending on whom you ask, Twitter is either a cavernous vault of useful information or a wretched hive of scum and villainy. The truth is, it’s both. But those who assume the latter could find Twitter to be a more useful tool by employing filters to surface the good stuff. By combining features from Twitter Advanced Search and Tweetdeck, journalists can quickly comb through hundreds of billions of tweets from people all over the globe to find the best tweets.” Some good thoughts on using TweetDeck.
Daily Dot: Facebook unveils new ‘context’ tool to help users spot fake news . “Facebook announced on Thursday it will begin rolling out a new tool to help its users spot fake news in the wake of revelations that the social media platform was exploited by Russia in an attempt to influence last year’s presidential election. The new tool will allow Facebook users to click a button on articles to learn ‘context’ about the publisher–which the company hopes will help readers determine whether the news is from a credible outlet.”
NiemanLab: The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?. “[Meredith] Broussard and colleague Katherine Boss, the librarian for journalism, media, culture, and communication at NYU, are working on a workflow and on building tools to help organizations effectively and efficiently preserve their big data journalism projects, and putting together a scholarly archive of data journalism projects.”