Fake news

Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. The term is also at times used to cast doubt upon legitimate news from an opposing political standpoint, a tactic known as the lying press. The false information is then often reverberated as misinformation in social media, but occasionally finds its way to the mainstream media as well.
News and discussion about fake news, from the 2016 U.S presidential election forward.
  • How fake news doomed Gary Condit
    Daily Breeze

    How fake news doomed Gary Condit

    In light of the current debate the country is having over how the news media should responsibly report on unsubstantiated accusations against public officials, it's important to remember facts should always dictate what gets reported, not political bias or how sympathetic an accuser or victim may seem. If you don't believe me, just ask former California Congressman Gary Condit, D-Ceres — a good man, whose reputation and political career were ruined by fake news. Back in May of 2001, Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy vanished without a trace. In May 2002 her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. And in November 2010, Ingmar Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted of murdering Levy and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

  • Anonymous Facebook ad campaign to 'chuck Chequers' ran for months despite fake news ban 
    The Telegraph

    Anonymous Facebook ad campaign to 'chuck Chequers' ran for months despite fake news ban 

    An anonymous Facebook advertising campaign that sought to “chuck Chequers” ran for 10 months and reached millions of people despite the company’s war on fake news. Researchers working for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee say the campaign's backers spent an estimated £257,000 on 70 ads which reached up to 11 million people. The campaign had “potentially a bigger budget than UKIP”, according to a report submitted to DCMS which also claimed a website linked to the adverts, “Mainstream Network”, had no identifiable UK organisation, address, group or individuals connected with it. “With the level of spending estimated, it is possible that this website is in breach of both GDPR and also Electoral Commission rules on non-party campaigners,” researchers said in evidence presented to an inquiry on fake news by the DCMS Committee. “Furthermore, the site is likely collecting and harvesting user data in violation of GDPR. MPs were told that pages were set up to target users in “every key constituency in the UK” with bespoke messages encouraging users to lobby in favour of Brexit. The 20 most popular messages were liked or shared over 140,000 times on social media. facebook fake news This data was collected by private communications company 89up, which was hired by DCMS committee in May to help it understand the technology used to distribute fake news.  The report claims the campaign was well-funded and led by a "sophisticated organisation". Damian Collins, DCMS committee chair, said: "We have absolutely no idea who is behind it. The only people who know who is paying for these adverts is Facebook." Researchers alerted MPs after analysing data provided by Facebook designed to identify who pays for political ads. Rob Leathern, director of project management at Facebook, said that all advertisers including Mainstream Network have to follow the requirements implemented earlier this month to place their ads, or they will not be able to run them.  Facebook made the changes after the Electoral Commission called for greater transparency on political advertising. Facebook was at the heart of claims surrounding fake political advertising and misinformation during the 2016 US elections when Russia-linked groups used adverts and articles  spread via Facebook to sow discord. The Electoral Reform Society said that Facebook’s move is the first step in regulating a “wild west” environment on the Internet. Jess Garland, Electoral Reform Society director of research and policy, said: “The integrity of our elections cannot be left to the whim of individual companies. While Google and Twitter have made steps towards ad transparency in the US, for UK voters the internet remains a free-for-all where voters have no idea who is pushing an agenda or to whom. The UK's analogue-age election rules are a meddlers’ charter that leave our elections vulnerable.”

  • Mashable

    Facebook's fight against fake news is actually working. Sort of.

    Facebook's promise to fight fake news is finally starting to work. Almost two years after the company vowed to start taking its fake news problem seriously, some of those efforts are beginning to pay off, even if things aren't moving nearly fast enough for some. It's partly a status update on the company's efforts to fight misinformation and partly an effort at instilling a bit more media literacy in users (assuming they think to check Facebook's official blog posts in the first place).

  • Fake news is down on Facebook in the US and France, say three studies
    Engadget

    Fake news is down on Facebook in the US and France, say three studies

    Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have not had a great year. From being called in front of Congress to getting lashed by the media for its appalling handling of user data, the pressure has been on the social media site to get things right.

  • In Facebook's effort to fight fake news, human fact-checkers struggle to keep up
    Fox News

    In Facebook's effort to fight fake news, human fact-checkers struggle to keep up

    At Facebook Inc. headquarters in Silicon Valley this week, engineers and researchers huddled around computers in a newly configured “war room” to fight misinformation ahead of the midterms. Almost 3,000 miles away, in Philadelphia, the fact-checkers hired to be on the front lines haven't received fresh marching orders. The disconnect highlights how Facebook's efforts to combat fake news are playing out differently this election cycle than many expected. Although the company has touted its partnerships with organizations includingFactcheck.org in Philadelphia that provide human fact-checkers to vet possibly phony posts, those groups are playing a limited role. The vast majority of Facebook's efforts

  • Post-Brexit visas for Brits? 'Fake news' says Macron
    AFP

    Post-Brexit visas for Brits? 'Fake news' says Macron

    "Fake news!" insisted President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, scoffing at the idea that France would ever impose such a demand on it neighbour. "Brexit has consequences but.. we will not start (requiring) visas for UK people if there's no deal," he said at the end of a Brussels summit at which EU leaders made little progress in breaking the deadlock in talks. "It is fake news, as other leaders would say!" he told reporters, speaking in English.

  • Earning digital trust in the world of fake news
    VentureBeat

    Earning digital trust in the world of fake news

    Presented by AdColony Brand safety is a long-standing issue that affects thousands of companies in every industry. Ads from family-friendly companies are being found on extremist YouTube channels, and Facebook feeds are constantly bombarded with fake news and other objectionable content. This is no longer an issue marketers can ignore; they have to pay more attention. We are at a point where 7 out of every 10 marketers say that their brands, or brands they've worked with, have been exposed to brand safety issues at least once. Brand safety is a severe and growing issue, one that's not going away unless companies take active steps towards better ad placement and monitoring. It's easy to blame

  • Why AI and advertisers should team up to fix fake news
    The Next Web

    Why AI and advertisers should team up to fix fake news

    Fake news is as old as the written word, and probably older, but it's technology that's created the insidious version of fake news we know today. Now, the question is whether technology, and artificial intelligence in particular, can also be the foil that will prevent the eventual fakenewspocolypse. Making Rome great again We've had fake news for a long time. We just used to call it propaganda and lies. In the first century BC Julius Caesar, the OG populist, was already using his letters, Commentāriī dē Bellō Gallicō (Commentaries on the Gallic War), to directly communicate 'news' from the Gallic Wars, or at least his version of it, with the plebeians. However, Caesar's fake news was different

  • NOT the news. More damage expected in Sunday Times fake news fallout
    Mail & Guardian

    NOT the news. More damage expected in Sunday Times fake news fallout

    The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) will meet on Monday to discuss the fallout of the Sunday Times newspaper's now discredited reports on the Cato Manor “death squad”, illegal Zimbabwean extraditions and the Sars “rogue unit”. Sanef has welcomed editor Bongani Siqoko's announcement of the return of prize money and awards won as a result of the reports. Siqoko said he accepts that “there was clearly a parallel political project aimed at undermining our democratic values and destroying state institutions and removing individuals who were seen as obstacles to this project …”. “We admit that our stories may have been used for this purpose,” Siqoko added. “Our particular role is to uphold

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Wife Nupur Nagar Not Pregnant! Indian Cricketer Quashes Fake News of Him Going to Be a Father Soon
    Latestly

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Wife Nupur Nagar Not Pregnant! Indian Cricketer Quashes Fake News of Him Going to Be a Father Soon

    The pacer, who is known for his quiet approach, strongly denied of any news about him and his wife becoming parents.

  • Herders/farmers clashes, killings are being fuelled by fake news – Lai Mohammed
    Vanguard News

    Herders/farmers clashes, killings are being fuelled by fake news – Lai Mohammed

    Lagos – The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Saturday appealed to all Nigerians to join efforts with government to combat the menace of fake news. The minister made the appeal while speaking at the inaugural lecture of the Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) in Lagos. The theme of the lecture was “Combating Fake News in the Cyberspace”. Mohammed said the collective efforts of all Nigerians were needed in view of the threats fake news posed to peace and unity of the country. He explained that most of the security issues confronting the country, such as herders/farmers were caused by the misrepresentation of facts in both the mainstream and social media.

  • This study wants to help you spot 'fake news'
    The Next Web

    This study wants to help you spot 'fake news'

    “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening,” Donald Trump, the president of the United States, once said at a rally. There is no doubt that we have entered a new age of bewilderment in which it is harder than ever before to decide where the truth lies. Before the explosion of social media, the world seemed an altogether simpler place, with information reaching us via a relatively small number of seemingly trustworthy sources. The rise of social media has generated a cacophony of contradictory information, mixed in with fake news on an industrial scale. Despite this, many people actually consider social media to be more credible and honest than mainstream