TechCrunch: Facebook expands fact-checking program, adopts new technology for fighting fake news

TechCrunch: Facebook expands fact-checking program, adopts new technology for fighting fake news. “Facebook this morning announced an expansion of its fact-checking program and other actions it’s taking to combat the scourge of fake news on its social network. The company, which was found to be compromised by Russian trolls whose disinformation campaigns around the November 2016 presidential election reached 150 million Americans, has been increasing its efforts at fact-checking news through a combination of technology and human review in the months since.”

CNN: American media keeps falling for Russian trolls

CNN: American media keeps falling for Russian trolls. “Russian trolls posing as an American college student tweeted about divisive social, political and cultural issues using an account that amassed thousands of followers — and appeared in dozens of news stories published by major media outlets — as recently as March.”

The Guardian: Fears mount over WhatsApp’s role in spreading fake news

The Guardian: Fears mount over WhatsApp’s role in spreading fake news. “Abijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were driving back from a visit to a waterfall in the Indian province of Assam earlier this month when they stopped in a village to ask for directions. The two men were pulled out of their car and beaten to death by a mob who accused them of stealing children.”

Pew: Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News. “In today’s fast-paced and complex information environment, news consumers must make rapid-fire judgments about how to internalize news-related statements – statements that often come in snippets and through pathways that provide little context. A new Pew Research Center survey of 5,035 U.S. adults examines a basic step in that process: whether members of the public can recognize news as factual – something that’s capable of being proved or disproved by objective evidence – or as an opinion that reflects the beliefs and values of whoever expressed it.”

Engadget: Amazon Prime Video is offering dubious conspiracy videos

Engadget: Amazon Prime Video is offering dubious conspiracy videos. “It won’t surprise you to hear that streaming services are full of documentary-style videos with dodgy claims about aliens or the paranormal. Amazon Prime Video, however, is coming under fire for offering considerably worse. The Telegraph has noticed that the service includes numerous conspiracy videos from widely discredited sources like Alex Jones and David Icke. Amazon isn’t going out of its way to promote the junk theories (which include the New World Order and reptilian aliens). As a subscription service, though, it’s paying the authors for their work — unlike YouTube, it can’t just pull ads.”

RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Passes Legislation Against ‘Fake News’ Media

RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Passes Legislation Against ‘Fake News’ Media. “Belarusian lawmakers have passed controversial amendments to the country’s media laws despite claims by domestic and international groups that the move risks leading to further censorship of the press. The National Assembly on June 14 voted on the second and final reading of the draft amendments that the government says will enable it to prosecute people suspected of spreading ‘false’ information on the Internet.”

Kansas City Star: Russian Facebook posts may have inspired militia in Kansas bombing plot, expert says

Kansas City Star: Russian Facebook posts may have inspired militia in Kansas bombing plot, expert says. “The three southwest Kansas men recently convicted in a militia plot to bomb Somali immigrants may have been motivated by Russian manipulation of U.S. social media, a terrorism expert says. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said the domestic terrorism attack was being planned at the same time the Russians were conducting a cybercampaign that included posting material on Facebook designed to heighten racial tension in the United States.”