Business Insider: Storify, once a hot tool among journalists looking to tell stories using social media posts, is shutting down

Business Insider: Storify, once a hot tool among journalists looking to tell stories using social media posts, is shutting down. “Storify, the digital tool that lets users string together stories and timelines using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, is shutting down.”

Nieman Lab: Fortifying Social Media From Automated Inauthenticity

Nieman Lab: Fortifying Social Media From Automated Inauthenticity. “In the arms race to secure the authenticity of online media, platforms will need to step up their internal protocols for both purging inauthentic accounts as well as identifying influence campaigns. They should be as transparent as possible about this without undermining their efforts. They should also recognize that this is too important an issue to take up solely on their own.”

CNET: From #FakeNews to #MeToo: Twitter was hard to handle in 2017

CNET: From #FakeNews to #MeToo: Twitter was hard to handle in 2017. “From fears about Russia manipulating US public opinion, to the #MeToo hashtag encouraging women from all walks of life to speak up about sexual assaults, Twitter has been at the center of memes and movements that shook society in 2017. Revelations that millions of messages are being generated by bots and fake accounts have prompted many of us to question what we’re reading. And as the preferred platform for President Donald Trump, Twitter has become a facilitator of the nation’s divisive chatter.”

Poynter: This website helps you find related fact checks — and it was built by a 17-year-old

Poynter: This website helps you find related fact checks — and it was built by a 17-year-old. “Instead of pool days and part-time jobs, Sreya Guha spends her summers with lines and lines of code. A senior at the Castilleja high school in Palo Alto, California, Guha has spent the past two summers creating software. Her most recent project, Related Fact Checks, lets internet users paste article links and search to see if that topic has been already debunked by a fact-checking organization.”

Recode: Ziff Davis has bought Mashable at a fire sale price and plans to lay off 50 people

Recode: Ziff Davis has bought Mashable at a fire sale price and plans to lay off 50 people. “Mashable, once a fast-growing digital publisher with big ambitions, has been sold at a fire sale price. Ziff Davis, a digital media subsidiary of tech company J2, is buying Mashable for less than $50 million, according to people familiar with the transaction. In the spring of 2016, Time Warner’s Turner led a $15 million investment round that valued the company at $250 million.”

Lifehacker: How to Teach Your Kids to Spot Fake News

Lifehacker: How to Teach Your Kids to Spot Fake News. “How to teach kids to spot fake news? First: Teach everyone to spot fake news. When I was a child, my parents had access to only a few news sources: our local paper, the big-city dailies (for us, the Washington Post and the New York Times) and the nightly news. Kids today have … the entire internet, with every crackpot theory and faked moon landing right at their fingertips. Even the distinction between ‘media’ and ‘journalism’ has blurred to the point that many adults don’t know if anyone can be trusted at all.”

Happy 14th Anniversary, Search Engine Roundtable!

Happy 14th Anniversary to Search Engine Roundtable! “This site, started as a way to keep my notes on the changes happening in the SEO/SEM space, has been consistently around and documenting those changes for 14 years straight. And I am proud to say, like I do every year, the core missions of this site has not changed – in those 14 years. We still cover what the industry is talking about from within the industry chatter. From Google algorithmic updates and chatter all the way to breaking news. We simply cover what you, the industry, is talking about it and care about.”