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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.

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If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about farts, hackers, and the Hungarian government.

YouTube Is Rolling Out A Feature That Shows Fact-Checks When People Search For Sensitive Topics

The feature, currently available to some users in India, will eventually be available globally, although YouTube declined to provide a timeline.

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Can You Tell Which Of These Faces Were Made By A Computer?

"Governments used to worry about counterfeiting money; now we have to worry about counterfeiting people."

While Two Nuclear Powers Were On The Brink Of War, A Full-Blown Online Misinformation Battle Was Underway

“There’s politics, religion, enemy nations, and a surge of nationalism in this situation. It’s the perfect storm.”

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If You Get 7/7 On This Fake News Quiz, You're A Superhero

This week we have stories about dog wigs, a bank robber, and a man in a gorilla suit.

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If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about polar bears, Elon Musk, and an explosive poop.

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Find Out If You Got Duped By The Internet With This Week's Fake News Quiz

This week we have stories about the heart eyes emoji, Tom Brady, and a man who came back to life.

I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.

Trying to stem the tsunami of fake news was like battling the Hydra — every time we cut off a virtual head, two more would grow in its place.

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If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about hamburgers, cats, and injected semen.

Facebook Is Bringing In Stricter Ad Rules For Countries Going To The Polls In The Next Few Months

“We know we’re not going to be perfect, but our goal is continuing, ongoing improvement,” said a Facebook official.

The “Snowflake Generation” Interview Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Said Was Fake Has Been Taken Down

The controversial story which the actor called "100% fabricated" was wiped from the Daily Star's website Saturday.

A Viral Study About Fake News Was Just Retracted

The 2017 study was covered by dozens of news outlets, including BuzzFeed News.

Facebook, Angst, Fake News, Polizeireporter: Das kann 2019 weg

Die etwas andere Vorschau aufs neue Jahr. In Folge 11 unseres Podcasts „Unterm Radar“ – mit Stefan Niggemeier.

These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2018

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.

29 Hoaxes We Debunked In 2018

This was the year of Monster ham, the Gorilla Channel, and a whole lot of anti-immigrant hoaxes.

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In 2018, American Tech Companies Acknowledged The Mess They’d Created In India

Silicon Valley at last conceded this year that things in India and other developing markets were far from rosy.

How To Stop Fake News In A Country Where The President Has To Repeatedly Deny Rumors That He Is Dead

The spread of misinformation in Nigeria is threatening to upend its upcoming elections, so Nigerian journalists have united across newsrooms to fight it.

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If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about the Oscars, Christmas, and sex on a pyramid.

26 People Who Actually Fell For Fake News In 2018

Or, 26 people who've never heard of The Onion.

Das sind 8 der erfolgreichsten Falschmeldungen auf Facebook 2018

Es war ein erfolgreiches Jahr für Lügen, Hetze und Fakes.

"Yellow Vests" Are Sharing So Many Conspiracy Theories About The Strasbourg Shooting That Facebook Groups Are Locking Their Comments

Massively viral Facebook groups that were already extremely polarized and paranoid went into full-on meltdown on Tuesday night.

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Find Out If You Got Duped By The Internet With This Week's Fake News Quiz

This week we have stories about the French protests, Donald Trump, and a baby born from a dead woman's uterus.

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Find Out If You Got Duped By The Internet With This Week's Fake News Quiz

This week we have stories about a mini Ice Age, a gender-reveal party, and a very large steer.

The Viral Photo Of A Mother Fleeing At The Border Is Now Fodder For More Conspiracy Theories

This is just one of the hoaxes that keeps spreading about the migrant caravan weeks after it departed from Honduras.

Something As Simple As A Photo Can Trick You Into Believing Fake News

These are the ways our understanding of truth can be manipulated.

Fox News Isn't A Normal Media Company. We Have To Stop Treating It Like One.

Liberals have spent decades complaining about, mocking, and fact-checking Fox News. Instead, we should remove it from polite society.

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If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You're Drowning In Fake News

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."

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If You Get 7/7 On This Fake News Quiz, You're A Superhero

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.

There Was No Midterm Misinformation Crisis Because We've Democratized Propaganda

Years of algorithmically powered information warfare have ALREADY rewired our political discourse.

India’s Government Wants WhatsApp To Reveal The Locations And Phone Numbers Of People Using It For Real-World Violence

The government is pressing the instant messenger for traceability after mobs who fell for hoaxes spread through the app resulted in deadly violence.

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If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You’re Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about spiders, the bomb packages, and Ross from Friends.

Twitter Is Promoting Baseless Conspiracy Theories About The Pipe Bomb Devices Sent To Democratic Leaders And CNN

#FAKEBOMBSCARE, #FakeBombs, and #FalseFlag appeared alongside #BombScare.

CNN's President Criticized Trump After A Pipe Bomb Was Sent To CNN's Headquarters

"There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media," Jeff Zucker said.

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If You Get 3/7 On This Quiz, You’re Drowning In Fake News

This week we have stories about a fake moon, global warming, and Ariana Grande.

As Facebook Shows Off Its "Election War Room," A Massive WhatsApp Scandal Hits Brazil

The timing of Facebook's announcement throws into question how serious the company is about actually fighting misinformation in Brazil's election.

Everything I Wrote Was True And Accurate. So Why Did Facebook Purge My Work?

It's absurd that Facebook thinks it can define what is “legitimate" news, given its well-documented abuses of power and invasions of privacy.

Twitter Just Published Millions Of Russia- And Iran-Linked Tweets So Researchers Can Study Election Interference

“It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease,” Twitter said in a new blog post.

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.

Das sind die Falschmeldungen, Fakes und Lügen im Netz zur Landtagswahl in Bayern

BuzzFeed News will mit eurer Hilfe Falschmeldungen und Fakes zur Landtagswahl in Bayern sammeln.

This Election Offered A Window Into WhatsApp's Wild, Sometimes Fact-Free World

"What we do know is that people trust the information they see in a WhatsApp group and are more likely to read every message that comes into the platform."

Everything You Need To Know About Jair Bolsonaro, The "Donald Trump Of Brazil"

Bolsonaro has been called one of the most dangerous politicians in the world — and at the end of the month, he may become the next president of Brazil.

Facebook Will Set Up An Election Task Force In India Ahead Of Major Elections

The US tech company has promised action after experts criticized it for not doing enough to prevent abuse on its platform in key growth markets.

The Son Of "Brazil's Trump" Asked People To Share Photos Of Voting Machines To Fight Fraud. The Only Problem Is, That's Illegal.

Supporters are also posting photos of their guns next to voting machines, which is...also not great.

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