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Facebook pushes back on claims that outside fact-checking is a PR stunt

“The same employee alleged that Facebook had, at times, prioritized “debunking misinformation that affected Facebook advertisers” and had failed to take repeated warnings about the situation in Myanmar seriously” writes Karissa Bell for mashable.com. In a report published in The Guardian, the former Snopes employee says Facebook “essentially used us for crisis PR,” and that “they are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck.”.  Source: mashable.com Share This:

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India government meets with WhatsApp over tracing of fake news: source

“WhatsApp maintains that building traceability into its messaging service would undermine its private nature and end-to-end encryption, creating the potential for misuse” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian tech ministry officials met with senior WhatsApp executives this week to ask the Facebook Inc unit to start tracing the origins of misinformation spread through its messaging platform, a senior government official said on Friday.WhatsApp was represented by Director & Associate General Counsel Brian Hennessy and one other executive, and said it was working on measures to prevent…

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Hate Crimes Hotline Headline Is Wrong

“A popular website that spreads misinformation and conspiracy theories has twisted old news about a hate crimes hotline to create a bogus, anti-Muslim headline” writes Saranac Hale Spencer for factcheck.org. In June 2017, Minneapolis opened a new hotline for reporting hate crimes.After publishing the story, News Punch changed its headline to say: “Minneapolis Installs ‘Sharia’ Hotline to Report ‘Hate Speech’ About Islam.” It’s still not true that it’s a “‘Sharia’ hotline,” and it isn’t true that the hotline is solely for reporting “‘hate speech’ about Islam.” Instead, it is for…

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Facebook’s election ‘war room’ is now empty

“Facebook’s vaunted election “war room” is currently empty, but the social network says that doesn’t mean it’s done fighting election interference” writes Karissa Bell for mashable.com. Facebook’s war room consisted of a conference room staffed 24 hours a day and served as a command center for the company’s various teams fighting misinformation on the platform ahead of election in the United States and Brazil.Bloomberg reported Monday that the so-called war room, the dedicated space at Facebook’s headquarters that served as the company’s ground zero for fighting election interference, had been…

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‘Misinformation’ picked as word of the year by Dictionary.com

“But the rise of misinformation, Solomon said, stretches well beyond US borders” writes Associated Press In for theguardian.com. You can still be a good person with no nefarious agenda and still spread misinformation.” In 2016, Dictionary.com chose “complicit” as its word of the year.“Misinformation”, as opposed to disinformation, is Dictionary.com’s word of the year. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Soros group slams Facebook, calling it ‘active in promoting’ hate and misinformation

“Facebook, in a statement Thursday, denied pushing journalists to spread misinformation” reports latimes.com. Without naming Soros, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, the company said its actions were aimed not at fueling anti-Semitism but rather at showing that the backlash was funded by a “well-known critic” of the company. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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WhatsApp Commits $1 Mn to Research Spread of Misinformation

“Platforms like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter have repeatedly run into trouble with the Center and state governments for being lax in curbing the spread of fake news” writes Bhumika Khatri for inc42.com. The research topics on the spread of misinformation in India include At the same time, WhatsApp has said that any users who have not backed up their stored data and chats on Google Drive will lose their chat histories.WhatsApp has over 200 Mn users in India but has been facing a lot of flak from the Center over…

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Is Your Company Ready to Protect Its Reputation from Deep Fakes?

“Social media platforms finally appear to be making a real effort to take on fake news” reports hbr.org. What looms ahead are deep fakes, realistic forgeries of people appearing to say or do things that never actually happened.One crucial step is for the social media platforms to incorporate real-time forgery detection into all of their products, building out systems that can adapt with improvements in the technology. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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Facebook got through the midterms mostly unscathed, although it’s still got lots of work ahead 

“Facebook’s efforts to curtail the spread of misinformation on its services were put through their biggest test yet on Tuesday by the U.S. midterm elections” writes Salvador Rodriguez for cnbc.com. Most visibly, the company set up a “war room” to fight the spread of misinformation. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Election Day misinformation spreads on social media

“Notable hoaxes could be found on social media on Election Day, even as tech companies said they were working to crack down on misinformation” reports thehill.com. The troubling examples come even as social media companies and the government said ahead of the election that they would be alert to such misinformation.Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Kirstjen Michele NielsenElection fallout: What to watch for now DHS has ‘not seen’ successful cyberattack on midterm elections Election Day misinformation spreads on social media MORE said on Tuesday that “increased social media…

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