Instagram Is Trying To Reroute People Clicking Into The #Coronavirus Hashtag To More Credible Sources
Facebook has also said it would conduct "proactive sweeps" in order to remove or block hashtags spreading misinformation on Instagram.
The video platform is doing better than many other social networking sites but still faces an uphill battle.
Scientists are rapidly posting findings about the new coronavirus outbreak online, accelerating the speed of scientific discoveries — and of misinformation.
Founded by an exiled billionaire and critic of the Chinese government, G News claimed without proof that China was prepared to admit the disease originated in its labs.
The Chinese government is fighting two viral outbreaks: one that has killed 132 people so far and another that has caused mass confusion online for millions more.
Wrapping your head around the engagement Trump’s Iran-related Facebook posts are getting is almost impossible.
"Our policy is to ban ads containing vaccine misinformation."
Twitter Will Let You Limit Who Can Reply To Your Tweets. It's Unclear How People Will Use This New Feature To Harass Each Other.
"We will be experimenting with this in early 2020."
Get ready for a world run by warring online communities completely lost in their own misinformation. Warning: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
According to Facebook’s ad library, the ad has received over 1,000 impressions and was boosted for a few hundred dollars.
After a BuzzFeed News report about the dangerous health misinformation, Facebook is cracking down.
So many falsehoods, such little time.
NATO-Linked Researchers Bought Fake Social Media Engagements To Test How Facebook, Twitter, And Google Combat Manipulation. The Companies Failed.
A NATO affiliate carried out a four-month experiment into manipulation on social media websites. The findings are published in a major new report.
The Witnesses At Wednesday’s Impeachment Hearing Weren’t Trying To Evade Republicans’ Questions. They Couldn’t Understand Them.
The hearings might lead to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. But they won’t make us agree with — or understand — each other.
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.
In an interview, the former New York mayor said he doubted online propaganda influenced his actions on Turkey — or anything else.
To understand why Trump is so obsessed with Ukraine, you have to understand the nonsense Rudy Giuliani reads on the internet.
Facebook took down over 200 accounts associated with a previous operation using the platform for propaganda.
Earlier this year, ShareChat took steps to clean up the platform, including removing accounts and content that violate its community guidelines.
Instead, users will have two options: public or private.
The new feature is part of WhatsApp's efforts to curb how misinformation spreads on its platform.
Facebook's handling of a forged video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi baffles leading researchers.
The tool will be rolled out in India, where general elections are already underway, and in the European Union, which holds elections in May.
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 misinformation tip line WhatsApp announced on Tuesday turns out to be primarily for research, not to help users who come across suspicious information, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Facebook Removed Hundreds Of Indian And Pakistani Political Pages For Spreading Bad Information Before India's Elections
“We don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people,” Facebook wrote in a blog post.
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.
The platform said the crackdown will also apply to Instagram's hashtag pages and Explore section.
The feature, currently available to some users in India, will eventually be available globally, although YouTube declined to provide a timeline.
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.”
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.
Silicon Valley at last conceded this year that things in India and other developing markets were far from rosy.
Amid growing concern over pro-Kremlin propaganda in the region, the BBC launched its Serbian service following a suggestion from Britain’s Foreign Office, sources told BuzzFeed News.
The instant messaging app has been under fire in India for its role in spreading misinformation that killed at least 29 people this year.
“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.
One tweet that surfaced on the page suggested that Kid Rock was about to become one of Michigan’s senators.
Twitter Is Promoting Baseless Conspiracy Theories About The Pipe Bomb Devices Sent To Democratic Leaders And CNN
#FAKEBOMBSCARE, #FakeBombs, and #FalseFlag appeared alongside #BombScare.
Facebook And Twitter Are Taking Steps To Help States Keep Bogus Election Information Off Their Sites
Weary of their platforms being abused, Facebook and Twitter have streamlined a process for states to flag election lies.
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.
The Feds Just Asked The Woman Who Started A Facebook Cabbage Juice Cult To Remove False Claims From Her Website
“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.
Facebook Just Met With Reps From Myanmar, The Philippines, And Sri Lanka To Discuss Its Global Misinformation Problem
The embattled social network discussed enforcing individualized, region-specific policies after learning about cultural differences that make certain countries particularly vulnerable.
WhatsApp Has Appointed Someone To Handle Complaints From Indian Users After It Was Blamed For Fueling Violence
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.
Many of the claims are baseless and lacking proof.
The problem with tech’s apology cornucopia.
The company is trying to combat scientific misinformation on its platform. Wikipedia has been helping the streaming platform describe topics like global warming, the MMR vaccine, and UFOs.
“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.”
"This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow," the company said.
The company responded to a statement from an Indian ministry after it was pulled up for not doing enough to prevent rumors leading to more than a dozen lynchings since May.
Inside the murky world of music streaming manipulation.
This week there are stories about swans, Dr. Oz, and Julian Assange.
BuzzFeed News media editor Craig Silverman and reporter Jane Lytvynenko analyze news and research about misinformation, conspiracies, hoaxes, and fake news.
This week there are stories about Taylor Swift, Facebook, and a windy day.
This Veteran Association Wants Facebook To Combat Fake Pages Targeting Retired Military Service Members
"Our population is extremely vulnerable to that type of thing,” an official from Vietnam Veterans of America told BuzzFeed News.
"What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?"
Marine Le Pen's 2017 campaign staff shot an interview with a man claiming to be a reporter for a French state-owned TV network. The man was actually a contractor for Le Pen's party.
Young Indians are hooked to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. But for older Indians, WhatsApp is the ultimate social network.
A similar narrative has been surfaced by the same personalities in the past.
Poop, nudity, and DNA tests are on this week's docket.
One Of The Biggest Alternative Media Networks In Italy Is Spreading Anti-Immigrant News And Misinformation On Facebook
The network sheds light on the overlap between the fringe underbelly of the Catholic world, Italy’s nationalist movements, and for-profit clickbait.
Pins making unsubstantiated claims — like that cinnamon cures arthritis and alkaline water kills cancer — have been pinned thousands of times.
"Featured snippets," highlighted search results that appear first under the search bar, may contain unverified and false information.
Sources tell BuzzFeed News that viral photos of a sign urging violence against Melania Trump at an anti-Trump protest were planned by one of the organizers of the DeploraBall, Jack Posobiec.
BuzzFeed News identified more than 100 pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Heard's legal team attempts to clear up "misinformation," saying their client initially declined to provide a statement to police in order to "protect her privacy and Johnny's career."
In a new study, police officers scored no better than the general public on a true-or-false test about the legal system – despite being more confident in their answers.