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How the fight over vaccines is fueled by web forums

“With this misinformation still thriving elsewhere on the Internet, forums like r/legaladvice are a rare safe haven” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. Emily Moon reports that some nervous but resourceful young people are seeking advice … from Reddit forums.But as Wang notes, groups have been just as vulnerable to hate speech, misinformation, and other woes that plague the News Feed. Source: theverge.com

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WhatsApp boots 2M accounts a month to fight misinformation, report says

“Meanwhile, Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts within the first three months of 2018” writes Erin Carson for cnet.com. The Facebook-owned messaging app said it bans 2 million accounts every month, according to VentureBeat, which attended a press briefing in New Delhi on Wednesday.Of the 2 million accounts banned, 75 percent were handled with without any humans getting involved, spokesman Carl Wood told VentureBeat.Ahead of India’s national elections later this year, WhatsApp is reportedly trying to wrangle bulk messaging and fake accounts.In January, WhatsApp put a limit on how many…

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Snopes quits Facebook’s fact-checking program

“Facebook’s fact-checking program has been criticized for being too reactive, as opposed to proactively preventing the spread of misinformation in the first place” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. As with its reliance on Wikipedia to provide information about news publishers, some characterized the fact-checking program as a way for Facebook to outsource its issues.In a post published Friday, the fact-checking organization Snopes announced that it would no longer work with Facebook to fact-check stories shared on the platform. We have strong relationships with 34 fact-checking partners around the world who…

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On Twitter, conservatives and older users spreading more fake info

“A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds” writes Seth Borenstein for suntimes.com. Among those they determined were right-leaning, 11 percent of accounts shared misinformation masquerading as news.About 99 percent of the Twitter users spread virtually no fake information in the most heated part of the election year, said study co-author David Lazer, a Northeastern University political and computer science professor. Source: suntimes.com

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On Twitter, limited number of characters spreading fake info

“Among those they determined were right-leaning, 11 percent of accounts shared misinformation masquerading as news” writes Seth Borenstein for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds. Source: seattletimes.com

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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

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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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