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

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

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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.


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

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

New levels of naive.

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

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

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

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.


Quizze dich durch Fake News.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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.

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

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


This week we have stories about the Queen, the California wildfires, and a bedazzled pigeon.

"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.

“Twitter’s open and real-time nature is a powerful antidote to the spreading of all types of false information,” a spokesperson said.

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

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


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

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

"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.


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

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

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

“Why is the IRA pushing Taco Bell and Coachella?”

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

The union organization that posted the ad has been getting hate from the left and the right.

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

"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."

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.

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.

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

“Jilly juice” creator Jillian Epperly has received a formal warning from the FTC, five months after Ohio authorities demanded that she send them proof of her claims.

Government hearings in Singapore put Facebook under intense scrutiny and have paved the way for a new fake news law in the country. That has human rights organizations and activists concerned.


This week: phallic buildings, weed jokes, and horse-eating alligators.

The embattled social network discussed enforcing individualized, region-specific policies after learning about cultural differences that make certain countries particularly vulnerable.

The Siri Suggested recommendation feature inside Safari promoted Pizzagate videos, Holocaust denier articles, and debunked race science posts.

A handful of articles from websites with connections to Russia's infamous troll factory have been shared thousands of times on /r/The_Donald.

Indian law requires tech companies operating in the country to have a grievance officer, but despite having more than 200 million users in India, WhatsApp only appointed one at the end of August.

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