Study: Facebook’s fake news labels have a fatal flaw

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This isn’t good. In 2016, after coordinated propaganda on Facebook helped Trump win the election, the social media giant introduced a program for independent fact-checkers to flag fake news as “disputed.” In theory, this was a good thing. While Facebook still wasn’t running every story through a fact-check, deleting false information from its service, or banning unreliable blogs and media outlets from sharing stories on Facebook, it was using the flags to make people think twice before believing a headline or sharing false information. At least Facebook did something . Read Full Story

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Why Twitter finally decided to label Trump’s tweets as misinformation

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The social media company is finally responding to public outcry—but still won’t go so far as to delete one of Trump’s tweets. In a landmark action, Twitter has for the first time attached independent fact-checking information directly to two tweets from President Donald Trump. The president’s tweets make false claims alleging that wider use of mail-in ballots will result in an increase in voter fraud. Read Full Story

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The Trade Offs of Buying Instagram Followers

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Like any shortcut, buying Instagram followers can be very tempting. And why not? Just look at these ads: “Get 100% real Instagram followers within 10 minutes!” “Pay only $5 for 500 followers.” “Increase your Instagram following by 25% at shockingly low rates!“ See? Tempting. But let us warn you – don’t give in . These shortcuts are never worth it. More so, because the Instagram algorithm is updated regularly to weed out low-quality and fake accounts and interactions. Plus, the results are hollow, scammy, and… mortifyingly obvious. In this guide, we’ll cover all points to give you a better idea about how buying Instagram followers works – or rather how it doesn’t work – along with actionable ways to increase your number of followers organically. So, let’s get started! How People “Think” Buying Instagram Followers Will Help Them? Buying Instagram followers is usually done in two ways, each having different …

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Facebook had a design to flag Trump’s hate speech . . . in 2016

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So where the heck is it now? It seems like a lifetime ago. But after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, much of the social media industry seemed to be having an awakening about the role it played in misinformation. From its easy sharing buttons to its suggestive algorithms, Facebook, in particular, enabled the spread of Russian propaganda that helped get Trump elected . Read Full Story

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Facebook eased fact-checking rules for conservative pages, report says

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A report from NBC News says that Facebook isn’t following its rules around misinformation for right-leaning users. A new report from NBC News shows that Facebook employees gave conservative pages a pass for sharing misinformation, flouting its own rules. The news comes months after reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hosting off the record dinners with conservative journalists in attempts to ameliorate concerns that his platform is biased against them. Read Full Story

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Facebook wants to convince the naysayers that social distancing applies to them too

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The company is launching a coronavirus information center and giving the WHO and CDC free ads and prominent placement at the top of Instagram and Facebook. Facebook announced that it is launching a “coronavirus center” with articles and information from public health officials, health organizations, politicians, celebrities, and news organizations. Within the next 24 hours, the coronavirus information hub will appear prominently at the top of both Facebook and Instagram for users in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Spain, Germany, and France. Read Full Story

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‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ website goes dark as platforms scramble to scrub misinformation

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Tech companies are struggling to scrub their platforms of a viral video that contains misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The latest salvo in the battle to control online information is a group calling itself “America’s Frontline Doctors.” After its video making false claims about the coronavirus pandemic ricocheted across social media platforms yesterday, tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others scrambled to stop the content from further going viral. It was removed from most major platforms, even as copies continued to reappear and spread all over again, leading to the familiar game of whack-a-mole that so often ensues when undesirable content proliferates. Read Full Story

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Is the explosion of COVID-19 conspiracies changing people’s real-world behavior?

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More than 20 million people saw a video filled with lies about COVID-19. Researchers still don’t know how this kind of viral misinformation is impacting people’s willingness to wear masks—or to get an eventual vaccine. On Monday night, Breitbart News launched a video of a press conference from a group of physicians called America’s Frontline Doctors, wherein several doctors repeated inaccurate claims about COVID-19, its treatments, and effects. The video reached over 20 million viewers on Facebook alone before being taken down Tuesday. The fast spread of this video and its false claims raises a big question about how much this kind of information affects people’s decisions to stay home, wear a mask, and ultimately, to get vaccinated when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved. Read Full Story

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