CNET: Malaysia may prosecute WhatsApp group admins over fake news. “Being a WhatsApp group chat admin is getting riskier in Malaysia. The country’s government may use an existing law to investigate WhatsApp group admins if they fail to curb the distribution of fake news (factually incorrect or misleading information), said the country’s Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Johari Gilani.”
Internet Archive: TV News Lab: Hyperaudio improving TV news video captioning and sharing. “In a new blog series, TV News Lab, we’ll demonstrate how the Internet Archive is partnering with technology, journalism, and academic organizations to experiment with and improve the TV News Archive, our free, public, online library of TV news shows. Here we interview Mark Boas, founder of The Hyperaudio Project, an organization that works to make audio and video more accessible and shareable on the web, by providing an easy-to-use interface for copying and pasting bits of transcripts to create mash ups of shareable video.”
TechCrunch: Jimmy Wales’ Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism. “With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer. Various pronouncements have been made by Google, Facebook and Twitter about tweaking their algorithms. But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going to have to be involved somewhere along the line. Step forward a new project from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.”
TechCrunch: Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links. “Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the News Feed after opening a link. Now Facebook will also show Related Articles including third-party fact checkers before you read an article about a topic that many people are discussing.”
Bloomberg Quint: Google Rewrites Its Powerful Search Rankings to Bury Fake News. “Google isn’t planning to rid fake news from its search results — but it’s trying to purge it from the top. The Alphabet Inc. company is making a rare, sweeping change to the algorithm behind its powerful search engine to demote misleading, false and offensive articles online. Google is also setting new rules encouraging its “raters” — the 10,000-plus staff that assess search results — to flag web pages that host hoaxes, conspiracy theories and what the company calls ‘low-quality’ content.” I hope they’re better at filtering this stuff than Facebook’s ads team.
Nieman Lab: This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article. “A new tool built for Bloomberg by the New York-based mobile and web development agency Postlight cuts the fact-finding process for those interested in the financial context around companies and people that appear in the news to a single step. Called Bloomberg Lens, the tool will find companies and people names in any news article — not just Bloomberg’s — and overlay key facts like such as stock prices or a person’s previous company affiliations.” Currently available for Chrome and iOS, with Android coming soon.
Medium: Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse. “Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach. … We had around a half million fans at the end of March and have seen slow but steady growth in the last year. Most Facebook posts fell into the 25,000 to 50,000 reach range — with a few big successes and few spectacular failures each day, usually based on the quality of the content or the quality and creativity of the share. But starting earlier this year, we started to see far more misses. And not reaches in the low 20,000’s but 4,000 reach or 6,000 reach.” Lots of number crunching in this article, not just “it’s getting worse”.