Armenpress: ARMENPRESS: HISTORY website launched, unique online archive offers exclusive historic photos. I had mentioned this in May but now it’s finally launched. There are currently 2500 photos online, 6500 have been digitized, and if I remember correctly the plan was to put at least 10000 photos online, so it’s still a work in progress.
University of Arizona: UA Report Examines Fake News and How to Stop It. “The report, ‘Identifying and Countering Fake News’ (PDF), identifies the distinct types of fake news: hoaxes, propaganda, trolling and satire, along with the motivations behind them. It also proposes a set of model solutions to reduce production and dissemination of fake news.” The 33-page report is free and available at the link.
Biztech Africa: 9 out of 10 Kenyans have seen fake news about the 2017 general election. “A new study reveals that 90% of Kenyans have seen or heard false news about the 2017 general election, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false – or fake – news. The Reality of Fake News in Kenya, launched this week in Nairobi, is the first-ever study aimed at quantifying the prevalence and impact of false information during an election campaign in Africa.”
Digiday: Facebook always wins: Data shows publishers are buying far more Facebook traffic. “Publishers may have bones to pick with Facebook over declining organic reach and monetization issues. But that hasn’t stopped them from buying a lot more traffic from the platform lately. According to analysis of over 1 million dark posts, or paid posts targeted at a specific audience segment on a platform, shared by more than 400 publishers, the average number of paid monthly impressions from Facebook over the past 18 months has more than doubled, according to Keywee data.”
TechCrunch: Facebook may begin testing a paywall for selected media stories as soon as October. “Facebook could begin testing a paywall for subscription news stories as early as October, according to a top company executive. Campbell Brown, who heads up the social network’s new partnerships business, made the reveal at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit on Tuesday, The Street reported. We have independently confirmed that, too.”
Nieman Lab: NBC News invents the script for a twice-daily Snapchat news show. “As part of NBC Universal’s $500 million investment in Snap, Inc., the network is launching a daily news show, two to three minutes long, that will be published on Snapchat Discover at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET during the week and at 1 p.m. ET on Saturdays and Sundays on Snapchat accounts in the U.S. and Canada.”
TechCrunch: Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews. “Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn’t expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link previews, tailor content to different audiences and update previews as news stories evolved.”