Poynter: A new fact-checking coalition is launching in Japan. “Unlike in neighboring South Korea, where ‘fact check’ has become a widely recognized buzzword, in Japan the word calls to mind something foreign. Claims by public figures and in news reports often go unchecked across the country. A group of academics, journalists and nonprofit organizations wants to change that.”
University of Colorado Boulder: Fake news outlets have more media impact than fact-checking outlets. “Last year, fake news websites had about twice as much influence on the media landscape as fact-checking websites did, according to a new study co-authored by a CU Boulder researcher. Between 2014 and 2016, fake news websites outpaced fact-checking websites, both in terms of the number of articles produced each month and their influence on the broader media agenda, the study found.”
BBC News: Prices for fake news campaigns revealed. “Mounting a year-long fake news campaign can cost about $400,000 (£315,000), suggests a report. The Trend Micro report draws on price lists found on sites that run the misinformation campaigns.”
Daily Nation (Kenya): Did Uhuru spread social media propaganda about Kalonzo?. “This week, President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared to have fallen for misinformation or deliberately deployed it in his campaigns. When fake news is picked up by someone with as much reach and a large audience as the Head of State has, it benefits from his stamp of credibility.”
The Verge: A new kind of Twitter hack is spreading fake news in Venezuela. “Activists from Venezuela to Bahrain are falling victim to a devious new account hack, according to a report from the digital rights group Access Now. Called a ‘DoubleSwitch’ attack, the hack begins with a simple account takeover, but is followed by a number of name changes designed to cover the attacker’s tracks and bewilder followers.”
Medium: Spot a Bot: Identifying Automation and Disinformation on Social Media. “…the good news is that most bots ― and their close cousins, ‘sockpuppets’ and ‘trolls’ ― exhibit some clear tell-tale signs. What follows is a list of those signs, based on our research into bots, sockpuppets, and disinformation on Twitter. With these signs, anyone can spot a bot, and resist the spread of disinformation online.” A long read but a good one.
Washington Post: Facebook shareholders are not happy with how it’s handling fake news. “Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced sharp criticism Thursday during the company’s annual shareholders meeting about how the company operates, deals with violence and handles fake news. Shareholders submitted five proposals critical of the company’s top-heavy structure, as well as the way Facebook curates its content. All five were heard and rejected by majority vote; Zuckerberg controls more than 50 percent of Facebook’s shareholder votes.”