Fake news

Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. This false information is mainly distributed by social media, but is periodically circulated through mainstream media.
News and discussion about fake news, from the 2016 U.S presidential election forward.
  • Trump says 'fake news media' are helping human traffickers
    Global News

    Trump says 'fake news media' are helping human traffickers

    Speaking at the National Federation of Business Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed that the “fake news media” is actively assisting human traffickers.

  • Four in 10 people have deleted a social media account in the past year due to privacy worries
    CNBC

    Four in 10 people have deleted a social media account in the past year due to privacy worries

    There is a serious lack of trust in social media such as Facebook and Twitter and consumers expect brands that advertise on such platforms to urgently find solutions, according to research published Monday. Privacy concerns and the circulation of fake news are contributing to people's distrust of content on social platforms, said the study by public relations consultancy Edelman, with 70 percent of respondents expecting businesses and advertisers to put pressure on social media sites to address false information and remove offensive content. Context was also seen as important by people surveyed, with 48 percent saying it's a brand's fault if its advertising appears next to hate speech or violent

  • CNBC

    Four in 10 people have deleted a social media account in the past year due to privacy worries

    There is a serious lack of trust in social media such as Facebook FB and Twitter TWTR and consumers expect brands that advertise on such platforms to urgently find solutions, according to research published Monday. Privacy concerns and the circulation of fake news are contributing to people's distrust of content on social platforms, said the study by public relations consultancy Edelman, with 70 percent of respondents expecting businesses and advertisers to put pressure on social media sites to address false information and remove offensive content. "We learned that there is a serious lack of confidence in social media in all regions of the world.

  • மதுரைக்கு எய்ம்ஸ் மருத்துவமனை: கோரிக்கை வென்றது எப்படி?
    BBC News தமிழ்

    மதுரைக்கு எய்ம்ஸ் மருத்துவமனை: கோரிக்கை வென்றது எப்படி?

    தமிழகத்திற்கு அறிவிக்கப்பட்ட அகில இந்திய மருத்துவ விஞ்ஞானக் கழக மருத்துவமனை (எய்ம்ஸ்) மதுரையில் அமையும் என தமிழக முதலமைச்சர் எடப்பாடி கே.பழனிசாமி அறிவித்திருக்கிறார். சுமார் 20 ஆண்டு கால கோரிக்கைக்குப் பிறகு மதுரையில் இந்த மருத்துவமனை அமையவுள்ளது. தலைமைச் செயலகத்தில் செய்தியாளர்களிடம் பேசிய முதலமைச்சர் பழனிச்சாமி, "செங்கல்பட்டு, மதுரை, செங்கிப்பட்டி (தஞ்சாவூர்), பெருந்துறை, புதுக்கோட்டை என இதற்கென ஐந்து இடங்கள் பார்வையிடப்பட்டன. தற்போது மதுரையில் எய்ம்ஸ் மருத்துவமனை அமைக்கப்படும் என மத்திய அரசு தெரிவித்துள்ளது. 200 ஏக்கரில் மதுரைக்கு அருகில் உள்ள தோப்பூரில் இந்த மருத்துவமனை அமையும். 750 படுக்கை வசதிகள் இதில் இருக்கும். 100 இளநிலை மருத்துவப் படிப்புக்கான இடங்களும் இதன் மூலம் உருவாக்கப்படும். 60

  • நிலத்துக்கு அடியில் பசுமை பண்ணை: வறட்சியை விரட்டிய பொலிவிய விவசாயிகள்
    BBC News தமிழ்

    நிலத்துக்கு அடியில் பசுமை பண்ணை: வறட்சியை விரட்டிய பொலிவிய விவசாயிகள்

    கிட்டதட்ட 60% பொலிவிய விவசாயிகள் அல்டிபிலனோ பீடபூமியில் வாழ்கின்றனர். இப்பகுதி வறட்சி, உறைபனி, அதிக காற்று மற்றும் கதிர்வீச்சு ஆகியவற்றுக்குப் பெயர் போனது. இது இப்பகுதியின் பண்டைய விவசாய முறை அல்ல. இந்த தொழில்நுட்பம் சுவிட்சர்லாந்து தன்னார்வலர் பீட்டர் ஐசல்லி என்பவரால் 25 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு உருவாக்கப்பட்டது. விவசாயம் குறித்து எதுவும் அறியாத மைக்கேல், தொலைதூர பகுதியான எல் ஆல்டோவில் பண்ணையை வாங்க முடிவு செய்தார். தற்போது 18 வலிபினிஸ் உட்பட, பல பண்ணைகளை இங்கு நிர்வகித்து வருகிறார் மைக்கேல். ஒரு மீட்டர் ஆழத்திற்குத் தோண்ட வேண்டும். வடிகட்டுவதற்காகக் கற்களை நிரப்ப வேண்டும். பண்ணையைச் சுற்றி நான்கு செங்கல் சுவர்கள்யும், ஒரு கதவையும், காற்றோட்டத்திற்கு ஒரு ஜன்னலையும் அமைக்க வேண்டும். 30 டிகிரிக்கு

  • Facebook's Fight With Fake News Gets Helping Hand From Robots
    Bloomberg

    Facebook's Fight With Fake News Gets Helping Hand From Robots

    Facebook Inc. is turning to machine-learning technologies to amplify the impact of human fact-checkers reviewing hoax news articles, as part of the company’s efforts to combat the spread of misinformation on its platform. The social network announced Thursday it was starting to use automated systems to identify duplicates of fake news articles previously flagged by third-party reviewers. The announcement follows months of pressure from lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe over the company’s privacy policies, and whether state actors had managed to use the social network to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the U.K.’s Brexit vote.

  • This Female Cop is Fighting Fake News in India's Villages
    Bloomberg

    This Female Cop is Fighting Fake News in India's Villages

    Fake news on WhatsApp is killing people in India. This female cop is fighting back. @iainmarlow explains more for #tictocnews https://bloom.bg/2Ic1Hok (Source: Bloomberg)

  • TechSpot

    Political party affiliation and education levels directly correlate to perception of fake news

    Why it matters: Today's hyper-connected landscape and modern amenities have made it easier to share information than any other time in history yet as more and more people are coming to realize, not everything should be taken as gospel. According to a recent Gallup / Knight Foundation survey of 1,440 Gallup Panel members, Americans believe that 39 percent of the news they read in newspapers, see on television and hear on the radio is misinformation – stories that are made up or cannot be verified as accurate despite being presented as fact. Furthermore, they feel that 65 percent of news shared on social media is misinformation. The survey, conducted between February 5 and March 11, 2018, also found that 76 percent of US adults believe major Internet companies have an obligation to identify fake news that appears on their platforms with a slim majority feeling the identification of misinformation is one of their most important responsibilities.

  • Kit Siang: Anti Fake News law must be scrapped, but …
    thestar.com.my

    Kit Siang: Anti Fake News law must be scrapped, but …

    PETALING JAYA: The Anti Fake News Act which was passed only two months ago should be scrapped, says DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (pic). “We should repeal the Anti Fake News law as it was passed not to fight fake news but to institutionalise and protect the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal,” he alleged. He also claimed that the law was passed as a “repressive tool to curb news related to the 1MDB scandal”. However, “there is a need to fight fake news, be it on social media or published in mainstream media. Fake news must not be allowed to continue unchecked,” he told reporters at a press conference here Wednesday (June 20). On Tuesday, Lim said that Malaysia needs such a law but added

  • The Impossible Battle against Fake News: The Horse Manure Crisis in London
    peakoil.com

    The Impossible Battle against Fake News: The Horse Manure Crisis in London

    Sometimes, I have this horrible feeling that the battle against fake news and propaganda is just impossible to win. The latest example is an article appeared on the unnamable WUWT blog, which repeats the story that someone in 1894 “predicted” that 9 feet of horse manure would soon accumulate in the street of London. And, of course, since that didn't happen, we are free forever and ever from any and every possible kind of catastrophe. Let me repeat it, this is a legend. I wrote that two years ago on the Cassandra blog: nobody ever wrote such a thing on “The Times” nor anywhere else. People keep repeating what they hear from other people and keep thinking that sheer volume means truth. It is pure

  • How AI can identify fake news and warn advertisers who want to avoid it
    Quartz

    How AI can identify fake news and warn advertisers who want to avoid it

    The world has a fake news problem. And with the speed and scale of false information being spread across the internet, it can seem impossible to stop. Artificial intelligence could be a way to slow its spread—and help stop companies profiting from intentional or accidental dissemination. The method will be complex but the idea is…

  • Pro-Trump message boards and fake news sites use ridiculous image to accuse Obama of satanism
    Media Matters for America

    Pro-Trump message boards and fake news sites use ridiculous image to accuse Obama of satanism

    Pro-Trump message boards and fake news sites are absurdly suggesting former President Barack Obama practices satanism. Since at least June 15, message boards on 4chan, Reddit, and Voat have pushed an image of a person who users say is Obama in some kind of headdress. Some of the users on the boards have pointed to the image to claim that “Q” (referring to the “QAnon” conspiracy theory) “leaked this photo of 0bama” to “prep the population for the exposure for the first time in history [of] the satanic cult that has run the world.” They also wrote that it was proof of “a satanic pedo cult” and that “Pizzagate is real” (nope, it still isn't), that Obama is a “satanic niggerfaggot” and a “proven