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Facebook Took Down These Pages For Being Linked To Russia, But It Didn’t Seem To Tell That To The People Who Run Them

“Facebook should be responsible in informing account holders that they will be named in an international coordinated campaign that threatens democracy in different nations.”

The Canadian Election’s Surprise Influencer Is A Buffalo Man Targeting Canadians With Viral Disinformation

Matthew Ricchiazzi has written debunked stories about Canadian politics and once told a US candidate he'd publish "negative articles about [their] opponents" for $400 apiece.

Rudy Giuliani Sent Trump On A Wild Goose Chase With A Bunch Of Fake Internet Nonsense

To understand why Trump is so obsessed with Ukraine, you have to understand the nonsense Rudy Giuliani reads on the internet.

Egypt Wanted To Arrest A New York Times Reporter, And The Trump Administration Was Reportedly Going To Let It Happen

The warning of the reporter's imminent arrest came from an unnamed US government official who "feared being punished for even alerting us to the danger," the newspaper's publisher said.

Doctors Say Facebook’s Decision To Take Down An Anti-Abortion Fact-Check Sets A Dangerous Precedent

“It is very concerning that a letter from a group of senators can silence the voices of medical and scientific experts,” said a doctor who fact-checked the video.

These “Canadian” Websites And Facebook Pages Are Actually Run From Overseas

Some of the websites use fake profile photos for their writers, while others spread false information.

Twitter Invested In A Social Network Accused Of Spreading Misinformation And Hate Speech

Earlier this year, ShareChat took steps to clean up the platform, including removing accounts and content that violate its community guidelines.

Facebook Is Getting Rid Of The Option To Make Groups "Secret" Or "Closed"

Instead, users will have two options: public or private.

The Philippines Was A Test Of Facebook’s New Approach To Countering Disinformation. Things Got Worse.

Disinformation campaigns in the Philippines ahead of its 2016 election offered a preview of things to come to the United States. History may be repeating itself in 2020.

The El Paso And Dayton Shootings Show How Disinformation Spreads On Messaging Apps

“It becomes harder and harder for us, particularly going into 2020.”

A Christian Satire Site Says Fact-Checkers Are Helping Facebook De-Platform Conservatives

“By lumping us in with fake news and questioning whether we really qualify as satire, Snopes appears to be actively engaged in an effort to discredit and deplatform us.”

What To Do If The Older People In Your Life Are Sharing False Or Extreme Content

“What do you do when your parents go from posting Minions to posting hard-right memes about cement milkshakes?”

These Bizarre Kamala Harris And Mark Zuckerberg Conspiracy Sites Are Run By A Montessori School Operator

Sites from American Intelligence Media have launched fringe conspiracy theories into the mainstream.

Opinion: “Chernobyl” Shows How Modern Russia’s Propaganda Machine Is Falling Apart

It’s ironic that a show about narratives, and the way they can turn sour, caused Russia’s own narrative machine to show its fragility.

Facebook Won’t Remove Doctored Content During The Canadian Election

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.

An Iranian Disinformation Operation Impersonated Dozens Of Media Outlets To Spread Fake Articles

A case study in how “social media is being treated as a disinformation laboratory."

No, HBO Didn't Forget To Edit Jaime Lannister's Hand On "Game Of Thrones"

It looks like it was a still image that was accidentally released, so everybody calm down.

This Fake Press Release About Rep. Adam Schiff May Have Originated In Russia

The hoax — which said Schiff had agreed to “financially sponsor” a bill recognizing the Armenian genocide — was picked up by several outlets, including Radio Free Europe.

Twitter Will Let Users Report Tweets That Mislead Voters

The tool will be rolled out in India, where general elections are already underway, and in the European Union, which holds elections in May.

Social Media Has Been Blocked For Over 24 Hours In Sri Lanka After The Deadly Explosions

Social media will remain blocked while security forces investigate the bombings.

Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Mueller Report Are Already Spreading

Fake accounts, false headlines, and joke screenshots are already spreading.

A Timeline Of How The Notre Dame Fire Was Turned Into An Anti-Muslim Narrative

This is how disinformation spread from fringe message boards and social media to far-right websites and cable news.

Here Are The Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Notre Dame Fire

Online conspiracists are baselessly trying to blame the fire on their political opponents.

YouTube's New Fact-Check Tool Flagged Notre Dame Fire Coverage And Attached An Article About 9/11

The widget showing information about the Sept. 11 terror attacks appears to have been triggered by a new feature YouTube is testing to provide "topical context" around videos that might contain misinformation.

A "Gas Out" Day Idea To Lower Gas Prices Is Going Viral But It's Been Proven To Be Ineffective And Inaccurate

The fake effort appeared to have started as an email chain in 2000. Then it spread again on Facebook in 2012. Now in 2019, it's gone viral on Twitter and become a meme.

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

This week we have stories about wind turbines, Nipsey Hussle, and a giant dog.

The Future Of The Internet Is Old People

There will soon be more people ages 65 and up in the US than in any other demographic, and it will stay that way for decades.

Facebook Didn’t Notice A Page That Ran Almost 5,000 Ads For A Fake Rebate Scam

Before Facebook took action, the page Solar Energy Today spent $2.4 million on thousands of ads promoting solar energy tax credits that didn’t exist.

Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet

Older people play an outsized role in civic life. They also are more likely to be online targets for misinformation and hyperpartisan rhetoric.

Facebook Is Pulling The Curtain Back On How It Organizes The Posts In Your News Feed

A “Why am I seeing this post” feature will let you understand and control why a post is showing up in your Facebook News Feed.

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Take This Week's Fake News Quiz To Find Out If You're Being Duped By The Internet

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.

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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.

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