As part of its comprehensive fact-checking efforts, The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it will work with Facebook to identify and debunk false and misleading stories related to the U.S. midterm election that are circulating on the platform. From a press release dated March 7, 2018.
The issue of fake news has become very prominent in recent months. Its power to mislead and misinform has been made evident around the world. While fake news is not a new phenomenon, the means by which it is spread has changed in both speed and magnitude. This is a special issue from the publication dated Nov/Dec 2017.
Fake news stories about the major presidential candidates became widespread on Facebook and elsewhere online in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, raising questions of whether fake news influenced the outcome of the election. ... (vol. 35, 3, pp. 669-705)
Amid the uproar and consternation around the world over fake news and misinformation on the internet, Google pledges to promote quality journalism — and put its money where its mouth is. Posted 3/20/2018
The social media giant has been under intense scrutiny ever since Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election, an upset that some say was at least partly fueled by a mess of misinformation on social media services including Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. Fraudulent "news" sites used Facebook for circulation by posting headlines that were shared widely, driving web traffic and generating ad dollars. (vol. 87, 24, 12/19/2016)
Government professor Brendan Nyhan has joined 15 other academics and researchers in government, journalism, computer science, law, communications, and psychology in a call for a multidisciplinary effort to stem the flow of fake news and to address the “underlying pathologies it has revealed.” ... from Dartmouth News posted 3/21/2018
From the CBS Evening News, An image of Parkland shooting survivor turned gun control activist Emma Gonzalez tearing up the Constitution recently went viral, even though it isn't real. That type of deception could be harder to spot when the future of fake news is manipulated video. ...
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They are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The purpose of their website, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local. It’s a big world out there, and so they rely on readers to ask questions and point out statements that need to be checked.
First Draft – a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government – uses research-based methods to fight mis- and disinformation online. Additionally, it provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web.
As the leading voice for media literacy education, NAMLE aims to make media literacy highly valued and widely practiced as an essential life skill. They envision a day when everyone, in our nation and around the world, possess the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communication. Media literacy education refers to the practices necessary to foster these skills. They define both education and media broadly. ...
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