“Seeing the tweets declaring that Kamala isn’t black enough because her parents are from Jamaica and India, I had an immediate flashback to the 2008 campaign.”
“These posters — and the conspiracists who amplify them — help intensify anti-Muslim sentiment in a way that is destructive to democracy.”
Election authorities could still investigate false or misleading content like doctored videos, but the social media giant said it’s not its role to decide where the “line” is.
Third parties in Canada can spend unlimited money on political ads before June 30.
“This is her Benghazi.”
“First and foremost — clinics are still open.”
A case study in how “social media is being treated as a disinformation laboratory."
Never Again Canada, which has nearly 235,000 followers, spreads misleading content and uses a URL-masking technique to deceive its audience.
We're fighting misinformation on YouTube and beyond.
Fake accounts, false headlines, and joke screenshots are already spreading.
This is how disinformation spread from fringe message boards and social media to far-right websites and cable news.
Online conspiracists are baselessly trying to blame the fire on their political opponents.
This week we have stories about wind turbines, Nipsey Hussle, and a giant dog.
There will soon be more people aged 65 and up in the US than in any other demographic, and it will stay that way for decades.
The hoaxes about the rapper are getting tens of thousands of shares online, once again filling an information vacuum after an act of violence.
This week we have stories about mannequins, Jussie Smollett, and a missed connection.
Anti-Muslim Hate Speech Is Absolutely Relentless On Social Media Even As Platforms Crack Down On Other Extremist Groups
“Islamophobia happens to be something that made these companies lots and lots of money,” said one researcher, who added that it keeps people on the platform and available to see ads.
This week we have stories about farts, hackers, and the Hungarian government.
The shooter’s media plan was so comprehensive, and his content spread so quickly, that there was little room for fakes to fill the void.
A Former Heavy Metal Musician Who Worked For Obama’s Half-Brother Is Pushing Pedophile News On Facebook
The Washington Pundit is one of several sites pushing false, outdated stories about pedophilia — and being rewarded with viral traffic from Facebook and Twitter.
These Developers Say It Took Three Years And A Chance Meeting To Get Facebook To Deal With Their Country's Fake News
"It shouldn't be that hard."
As stories about the Momo Challenge go viral, we may never know the scale of the phenomenon or who was behind it.
This week we have stories about dog wigs, a bank robber, and a man in a gorilla suit.
This week we have stories about polar bears, Elon Musk, and an explosive poop.
The fake quote has been spreading online for close to two years, but it suddenly got traction on Facebook and Twitter in the past month.
Twitter's own policy states that it doesn't allow “symbols historically associated with hate groups.”
This week we have stories about hamburgers, cats, and injected semen.
A BuzzFeed News analysis found that 50 of the biggest fake stories of 2018 generated roughly 22 million total shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
This was the year of Monster ham, the Gorilla Channel, and a whole lot of anti-immigrant hoaxes.
This week we have stories about the Oscars, Christmas, and sex on a pyramid.
This week we have stories about the French protests, Donald Trump, and a baby born from a dead woman's uterus.
This week we have stories about a mini Ice Age, a gender-reveal party, and a very large steer.
This is just one of the hoaxes that keeps spreading about the migrant caravan weeks after it departed from Honduras.
Loomer was known for spreading falsehoods on the platform.
This week we have stories about the Queen, the California wildfires, and a bedazzled pigeon.
Trump Is Tweeting Bogus Claims Of Voter Fraud. Here’s How His False Claims Echo Online Conspiracies.
"It's more likely that people are stricken by lightning than if they impersonate someone at the polls."
This week's stories are all about voter fraud, the midterms, and a dead pimp in Nevada.
Election Officials Asked Twitter To Remove A Video Falsely Claiming Voter Fraud, But The Company Refuses
“Twitter’s open and real-time nature is a powerful antidote to the spreading of all types of false information,” a spokesperson said.
A Mississippi Man Lost His Nursing Job After He Wore A Violently Racist Shirt To Vote In The Midterms
He’s a registered nurse and former police officer, and his employer subsequently fired him after an investigation.
A Fake Donald Trump Twitter Account Is Spreading Election Falsehoods (And A Link To "2 Girls, 1 Cup")
Twitter took down the account six minutes after BuzzFeed News asked about it.
A False Claim About "Illegals" Being Paid To Vote For Beto Originated From A Best-Selling Author And Historian
"Hey, fake news, right?" said Larry Schweikart when asked about his false tweet.
“Facebook banned me, they hate me. But that’s all good — I started posting on LinkedIn and everybody is following me,” said one Trump supporter.
Back to regularly scheduled programming, everyone.
Attempts to confuse voters have already started circulating across social media.
This week we have stories about spiders, the bomb packages, and Ross from Friends.
The story was also promoted in a Facebook ad, which is not supposed to happen.
Almost as soon as the news broke, hoaxes and misleading information started spreading on social media.
Misinformation about the migrant caravan started as soon as it entered the news cycle.
They Posted An Ad On Craigslist Looking For "Linestanders" For A Trump Rally. Then All Hell Broke Loose.
The union organization that posted the ad has been getting hate from the left and the right.
Saudi Media Are Promoting A Ludicrous “Fake Fiancé” Conspiracy Theory About Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
“These conspiracy theories are nonsense and a dangerous distraction from finding out the truth of what happened to Jamal,” said the Washington Post.
A Fake Online Review Claimed Refugees "Slaughtered Goats" In A Hotel. This Newspaper Helped It Go Viral.
"Radisson Hotel Toronto East can confirm that the claims of goats being slaughtered in the public bathrooms are completely false statements," the hotel told BuzzFeed News.
“I can’t believe BuzzFeed was the one who actually fact checked.”
The battle over Taylor Swift's political endorsement shows how news events are used to generate partisan outrage and attention.
Can you tell what was real news and what was fake news this week?
The campaign slogan for the wealthy entrepreneur trying to unseat Sen. Elizabeth Warren is “Only a REAL Indian can defeat the Fake Indian.” Turns out Ayyadurai’s campaign was being helped by fake Facebook profiles.
This week: phallic buildings, weed jokes, and horse-eating alligators.
The tweet cites a Wall Street Journal report that does not exist.
This week we have stories about floods, marine animals, and weird agriculture.
Here are some of the Hurricane Florence fakes to watch out for.
This week we have stories about Nike, Nike, algae, and then more Nike.
This week we have stories about Google, George Orwell, and Korean pop music.
Many of the claims are baseless and lacking proof.
Trump Claims Google Didn’t Promote His State Of The Union. Google And This Screenshot Say Otherwise.
“Google promoted president Obama’s State of the Union on its homepage. When President Trump took office, Google stopped,” a video shared by Trump falsely claimed.
Some social media users have been systematically spreading misinformation.
Revealed: Notorious Pro-Trump Misinformation Site True Pundit Is Run By An Ex-Journalist With A Grudge Against The FBI
How award-winning former journalist Michael D. Moore came to run a site filled with false reports and conspiracies.
This week's quiz features robots, people getting lost at sea, and vulgar tweets.
There's no such campaign for the man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, GoFundMe says.
This week we have stories about bikers, Mali, and an inflatable unicorn float.
Ohio's Secretary Of State Says Voter Fraud Did Not Affect A Special Election For A Congressional Seat
Some older Ohioans were given placeholder birthdates on their voter registrations, which has led to suggestions of voter fraud.
This week we have stories about Churchill, Alex Jones, and a bag of sex toys.
This week we have stories about ninjas, face-sitting, and a whole new species.
“If you don't know any better and you already think there's something wrong with this community, you're going to see this as more reason why it shouldn't have rights.”
Click wisely and trust no one, my friends.
The ever-growing QAnon conspiracy theory got a big boost from YouTube this week.
But people have a lot of opinions about the idea.
The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain.
This week we have stories about Russians, Republicans, and Obama's tie.
On this week's quiz: burgers, bees, and blimps.
Websites that translate sensationalized European news reports into English are helping spread anti-Muslim attitudes in the US.
This week we have stories about priests, Russia, and psychic animals.
This week we have stories about Borat, soccer, and Harley-Davidson.
Ann Coulter Cited This Author's Work To Attack Immigrant Children, But He Wants Nothing To Do With Her
"I don't know if she knows how to read, but she clearly hasn't read my New Yorker article."
In this week's quiz: movie trailers, plastic islands, and prenups!
A Marketing Site Deleted Over 7,000 Articles After It Was Caught Stealing Fact-Checks And Plagiarizing
They messed with the wrong fact checker.
Grüße an Photoshop Philipp.
Are we really doing this?
Did you fall for fake news this week?
Police say there's no evidence of human trafficking at what appears to be a former homeless camp in Tucson.
The North Korean leader looks very serious in the original photo.
This week we have stories about a wedding bouquet, Fox News, and a parrot.
Inside the murky world of music streaming manipulation.
The DC Cybersecurity Think Tank Caught Using Fake Twitter Accounts Has Lost Sponsors, And Its Shady Cofounder Is Gone
Following a BuzzFeed News investigation, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology cofounder James Scott has “voluntarily decided to step away” and a law firm will review claims about him.
This has been a very, uh, shitty week.
A DC Think Tank Used Fake Social Media Accounts, A Bogus Expert, And Fancy Events To Reach The NSA, FBI, And White House
ICIT bills itself as "America's Cybersecurity Think Tank." But BuzzFeed News found it's running fake Twitter accounts and its top expert has questionable credentials.
From babies drinking beer to an ear being grown on a soldier's arm, can you separate the real from the fake?
The feature is called "Page History" but now it's gone.
This week there are stories about swans, Dr. Oz, and Julian Assange.
The scam ran for three days before Twitter removed the fake accounts.
“I kept coming across people who I knew were smart people and sensitive people who were sharing fake stuff," says Felicia Cravens.
This Bonkers Conspiracy Theory About A "Hillary Clinton Snuff Film" Is Getting A Big Boost On Facebook And YouTube
Claims about the video's existence are spreading even though some dedicated conspiracy theorists are skeptical of it. Hint: It doesn't exist.