BBC: Nigerian police say false information on Facebook is killing people. “Nigerian police say false information and incendiary images on Facebook have contributed to more than a dozen recent killings in Plateau State – an area already torn by ethnic violence. When BBC Africa Eye got in touch with Facebook, the company disabled the account of a man in the UK who was spreading misinformation to thousands in Nigeria. Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners in Nigeria have committed just four full-time fact checkers to review false information, on a platform used by 24 million Nigerians.” This article contains graphic images. They’re fuzzed out, but still disturbing.
UNESCO: UNESCO launches Observatory of Killed Journalists, tracking actions taken to punish crimes against media practitioners. “On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November, UNESCO launched the Observatory of Killed Journalists. The Observatory is an online database providing information on the status of judicial enquiries into each killing of a journalist or media worker recorded by UNESCO since 1993, based on information provided by the country in which the killing took place.”
The Coloradoan: How the Coloradoan tracked 600+ LGBTQ homicides since Matthew Shepard’s murder. “More than 600 LGBTQ-identifying people have been killed in acts of violence in the United States and Puerto Rico since Oct. 12, 1998, the day Matthew Shepard died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, after he was brutally attacked near Laramie, Wyoming. The Coloradoan scoured media archives, online memorial pages, police records and advocacy reports to tell the stories of the nation’s LGBTQ residents lost to violence in the first online database of its kind.”
Politico: Rosenstein announces new hate crimes reporting website. “The website is a ‘one-stop portal’ with information for law enforcement, prosecutors and the general public to learn about all the resources available to report hate crimes, [Rod] Rosenstein said. The site is part of an ongoing effort within the Department of Justice to expand protections against hate crimes and to bridge gaps in hate crime reporting.”
NBC News: Exclusive: Twitter pulls down bot network that pushed pro-Saudi talking points about disappeared journalist. “Twitter suspended a network of suspected Twitter bots on Thursday that pushed pro-Saudi Arabia talking points about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the past week.”
Reuters: Google latest to withdraw from Saudi conference. “Pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia since prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi policies, went missing. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Google said in a statement that Google Cloud Chief Executive Diane Greene would not attend the Future Investment Initiative Summit scheduled to be held in Riyadh starting Oct. 23.”
WIVB: Database shows information on school shootings in US. “Two postgraduate students in California have put together an unusual database. It has information on every school shooting in the U.S. over the past 50 years.”