Help Net Security: Researchers develop algorithm to detect fake users on social networks

Help Net Security: Researchers develop algorithm to detect fake users on social networks. “Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and University of Washington researchers have developed a new generic method to detect fake accounts on most types of social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.”

Neowin: Facebook is testing third-party news fact checking in India

Neowin: Facebook is testing third-party news fact checking in India. “Facebook has come under fire for the spread of fake news enabled by its platform in recent months. The firm had announced a series of initiatives around the world to promote more accurate journalism. Today, the company is working on improving the accuracy of news shared on its platform in India. The firm will be partnering with BOOM, an independent third-party agency verified by the International Fact-Checking network which will be reviewing English articles and rating their accuracy.”

BuzzFeed: How To Spot A Deepfake Like The Barack Obama–Jordan Peele Video

BuzzFeed: How To Spot A Deepfake Like The Barack Obama–Jordan Peele Video. “Don’t be embarrassed if you were fooled, even if only briefly. Technology to trick our eyes and ears is advancing rapidly. Teams in Germany are working on Face2Face, the type of face- and voice-swapping technology used to create the video above. Software giant Adobe is creating a “Photoshop for audio” that makes it easy to edit and manipulate what someone has said, as is a Montreal startup called Lyrebird. After you’ve selectively edited someone’s words, you could take that audio and use tech developed at the University of Washington to generate a video of the very same person speaking those words, just to make it fully convincing.”

Haaretz: Breitbart Declares War on Wikipedia as Encyclopedia Gets Drafted Into Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Battle

Haaretz: Breitbart Declares War on Wikipedia as Encyclopedia Gets Drafted Into Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Battle. “Breitbart News has declared war on Wikipedia, following Facebook’s introduction of a new feature that uses the free encyclopedia to combat ‘fake news’ being spread on the social media site. The Facebook tool, launched last week, poses arguably the greatest test in years to the volunteer-run online encyclopedia, constituting a massive threat to the internet’s largest and ostensibly most trusted source of free knowledge.”

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook. “A few days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, a Facebook representative was already being grilled on the company’s trustworthiness before a Singaporean select committee. The company’s vice president of public policy for the Asia-Pacific, Simon Milner, confirmed that, if the courts ordered it, the company would remove ‘falsehoods’ that had been ‘defined as illegal.’ But just who gets to decide what constitutes an ‘illegal falsehood’ is a worrying question. The social media, with its power and reach, has reshaped Southeast Asian politics — but it’s also handed a new tool to potential authoritarians as they look to define truth and falsehood online.”

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours. “Governments around the world think legislation is the answer to the ‘fake news’ problem. So far, the only thing that seems certain is these laws will be used to control the press and stifle criticism. The limited rollouts we’ve seen of laws governing poorly-defined speech have been uniformly disastrous. The government of India was the latest to roll out ‘fake news’ legislation. There wasn’t much debate over the law, as it was unilaterally put in place by the Indian government. The motivating factor appeared to be an attempt to quell criticism of the Indian Prime Minister ahead of next year’s election. The only good thing about the decree was its extremely short shelf life.”