City A.M.: Google removed 2.3bn ‘bad ads’ last year in fight against fake news and fraud

City A.M.: Google removed 2.3bn ‘bad ads’ last year in fight against fake news and fraud. “Google removed 2.3bn ads last year for violating its policies on fraud and misinformation, the company said today. The total number of ads removed, which equates to roughly 75 ads per second, is almost 1bn lower than last year.”

Poynter: Facebook’s fact-checking project sometimes forces hoaxers to change their content

Poynter: Facebook’s fact-checking project sometimes forces hoaxers to change their content. “It’s true that, generally speaking, fact checks from outlets like (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact struggle to scale to the reach of misinformation on Facebook. But the program, which enables fact-checkers to flag false posts and decrease their future reach in the News Feed, has changed the production of misinformation in ways beyond simple reach. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles is a necessary condition for joining the project.)”

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation. “Amazon is removing from its online marketplace ‘autism cure’ books that unscientifically claim children can be cured of autism with pseudoscientific methods such as ingesting and bathing in a potentially toxic form of bleach and taking medication meant to treat arsenic and lead poisoning.”

Learn how to identify and verify what you see on the web: Sign up for free online course ‘Navigating Misinformation’ (Knight Center)

Knight Center: Learn how to identify and verify what you see on the web: Sign up for free online course ‘Navigating Misinformation’. “Learning how to verify content from online sources is more important each day, especially as the amount of false content on the internet grows. The new massive open online course (MOOC) from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and First Draft’s Claire Wardle will arm you with the tools and skills necessary to verify online content and use it ethically in professional, published reports.”

Study: Information literacy can combat ‘fake news’ (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Study: Information literacy can combat ‘fake news’. “A new study conducted by Ohio University professor Dr. M. Laeeq Khan found that several factors can be used to predict someone’s ability to detect misinformation, otherwise known as ‘fake news,’ on social media. Additionally, the study found that, by looking at certain factors, it is also possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors.”

RTE: The toxic world of online comments and social media posts

RTE: The toxic world of online comments and social media posts. “For the past number of years, we have been trawling this murky underworld trying to understand when and how the language we use online changed from friendly debate to what the researcher Emma Jane has referred to as ‘e-bile’. The internet of today is a far cry from the early days when cyber-utopians heralded in a new era of human collaboration and communication. To them the internet was a place where individuals could come together to create helpful communities and where ‘citizen journalists’ could combat political agendas from the ground up. This cyber-utopia was going to make the offline world a better place too. So how have we got to a stage where comments sections have become no go zones for many users?”

Poynter: Forget fake news stories. False text posts are getting massive engagement on Facebook.

Poynter: Forget fake news stories. False text posts are getting massive engagement on Facebook.. “When Facebook started letting users post text on top of colored backgrounds in 2016, it seemed like a fairly benign way to get people to share more personal thoughts on the platform…. But since then, like other formats on Facebook, the text post feature has been weaponized into an effective way to spread misinformation on the platform.”