US News & World Report: Sharers Rather Than Authors More Important on Social Media. “The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story’s actual source in determining whether readers believe it, a study by the Media Insight Project has found. In a previous study, consumers said they paid greater heed to where the story originated. But the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute, set up an experiment that found something different.”
Quartz: This is now what happens when you try to post fake news on Facebook. “The Facebook fact-checker has begun flagging a story that was shared widely on the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) that falsely claims thousands of Irish people were brought to the United States as slaves. This is what happens when you try to share the story on Facebook…”
The News & Observer: NC Senate leader Phil Berger changes news headlines on Facebook posts – violating the site’s policy. “Visitors to Senate leader Phil Berger’s official Facebook page might have thought this headline appeared in The News & Observer: ‘Has Roy Cooper flip-flopped on HB 2? Gov. Cooper now refusing to support men in women’s bathrooms.’ But that headline never appeared in the newspaper or on its website. The real headline on the news story: ‘In HB2 repeal effort, Gov. Cooper is silent on proposed nondiscrimination law.'”
The Outline: Google’s Featured Snippets are Worse than Fake News. “Peter Shulman, an associate history professor at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, was lecturing on the reemergence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s when a student asked an odd question: Was President Warren Harding a member of the KKK?” Google needs to turn off featured snippets and bring it back when it’s been thoroughly tested. This is disgusting.
Gizmodo: Facebook Finally Rolls Out ‘Disputed News’ Tag Everyone Will Dispute. “On Friday, Facebook debuted its new flagging system for fake news in America, tagging hoax stories as ‘disputed’ for some users. First announced amid criticism of the company for its role in spreading misinformation during the 2016 election, the new feature uses non-partisan third parties to assess the factual accuracy of stories reported as fake by users.”
BuzzFeed: This Website Just Showed It’s Still Super Easy Is To Get Traffic For Fake News. “In a little more than a week UndergroundNewsReport.com went from a website that didn’t exist to one that claims to have received 1 million visitors thanks to completely false news stories such as Obama running a pedophile ring out of the White House, and Whoopi Goldberg saying the wife of the Navy SEAL killed in the Yemen raid was ‘looking for attention.'”
Washington Post: Museums and libraries fight ‘alternative facts’ with a #DayofFacts. “Using the hashtag #DayofFacts, more than 280 scientific and cultural institutions are devoting Friday to dropping 140-character truths on Twitter. Many of the facts seem pointedly political — like the National Museum of American Jewish History’s tweet about a George Washington letter affirming religious freedom in the country, or a placard held up in a video by Chicago’s Field Museum that stated ‘Climate change is accelerating the extinction of plants and animals.'”