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Op-Ed: How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected journalism

Richmond - The world is experiencing rapid news development due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ever-changing and often unverified nature of information on the coronavirus has created a number of challenges for journalists, researchers, and media brands

Op-Ed: Myth-busting: The worst of the coronavirus falsehoods

The global preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic is, unfortunately, leading to a plethora of fake news stories geared around attempts at self-protection and cures. Some are due to ignorance, others more malicious. We look at a few of these.

Double-take: Do warnings about fake news actually help?

To safeguard the public from fake news, many websites and social media outlets have put in place warnings about content. New research suggests that such labels do not convince everyone and may actually encourage the belief that the news is genuine.

Op-Ed: 'Fake News' spreading over coronavirus patents on social media

A viral Facebook post suggests that a new coronavirus outbreak is related to an expired patent and that, while journalists are "fearmongering" over a quarantine, there is actually a vaccine available for it.

Fake News Investigation: Check ‘Fakes’ with Threat Intelligence Commissioned

Fake news sites have been around since the early days of the Internet. Yet, it was only in the last few years that people have seen them work on a whole new level.

Op-Ed: Fake news kept alive by ‘belief’? You sure about that?

Sydney - One of the not-overly-new theories about fake news, the industry for lazy criminals and stooges, is that “everyone believes it”. WRONG. Fake news is a paid thing, hyped up as much as possible. It’s marketing, just a different form of marketing.

Op-Ed: Media pessimism is painting the world all wrong — Harvard

Cambridge - A Harvard psychologist says that the extreme pessimism of the world media is distorting people’s judgment, and affecting political views, growing pure negativity. This argument relates to a highly dissatisfied world, but where do you take the argument?

Trust for scientists remains strong despite anti-expert rhetoric

Despite the anti-expert rhetoric exposed by some politicians (especially when they are unable to to challenge facts), the standing of scientists in the U.S. remains strong according to a new survey.

Inventor of Twitter's retweet says it was a terrible idea

Chris Wetherell, the software designer who built Twitter’s “retweet” function, wishes he hadn’t done so. He says that no-one at Twitter had anticipated how this function would alter the way people used the platform.

Video game Misinformer aims to teach players about fake news

Spotting fake news can be challenging, and add to that there is frustration of biased reporting and the annoying distraction of 'clickbait'. To help the public to differentiate products from the media, a new game has been launched.

Trump says news of census question being dropped is 'Fake'

One day after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and a Justice Department lawyer announced the 2020 census questionnaire was being printed without the controversial citizenship question, President Donald Trump is calling it "fake news."

Op-Ed: The latest disinformation threat online? Old news stories

Unless you read the caption under the picture below the headline, you would assume this is an image of a large fish kill. And that is my point - Legitimate news stories are playing a role in the spread of disinformation online.

Twitter buys startup to quickly spot fake news

Twitter has acquired the technology startup Fabula AI, which uses machine learning to help detect the spread of misinformation online. This is part of Twitter's strategy to rein in some of the fake news content that appears across its channels.

How to identify a fake account on Facebook

To help users of its social media platform to spot fake accounts, Facebook has provided some useful guidance in the form of a new blog post. This may help to stop users being scammed and reduce the spread of disinformation.

Facebook bans 2.2 billion fake accounts

Facebook has taken steps in recent months to ban a series of fake accounts. With this act of housekeeping, Facebook discovered there were as many fake accounts as there were 'real' users.

Canada is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the world

Ottawa - The effects of a warming planet are going to be felt all across Canada. And, if we stick to a "business-as-usual" scenario — it's going to happen a lot sooner than scientists initially thought.

Google to help users spot 'dodgy websites'

Google is to do more to help users of Chrome to spot websites that are set-up to trick people into handing over personal information. These types of websites often seek to impersonate another brand by using certain letters and numbers.

Snopes drops fact checking arrangement with Facebook

Snopes, one of the first fact checking websites, is to no longer debunk misinformation in partnership with Facebook. The firm confirmed that its contract with Facebook ended in December 2018 and it has not been renewed.

Q&A: What is media bias and how can this be tackled? Special

According to Dr. Tania Ahuja there are concerns with the state of online news, especially when it comes to bias. Ahuja has founded Nobias which has tools that can flag bias in news and grade articles for credibility.

Twitter erupts over Trump's lie about federal shutdown support

President Donald Trump made the claim on Tuesday that federal workers have told him that they support the ongoing government shutdown if it means funding for his border wall.

Mark Zuckerberg's parliamentary no show sparks outrage

London - Politicians from nine different countries have reacted with fury at the absence of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to a committee of the British parliament. The committee was examining disinformation and fake news.

Op-Ed: Trump wants his own government news network to pass on fake news

In a short rant on Twitter Monday, President Trump suggested that CNN is “a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way” outside of the U.S. and that “something has to be done.”

Google defends its practices against Trump's charge of bias

Washington - The U.S. President is fond of attacking the media and using the phrase 'fake news'. This week he has turned his attentions to Google's Internet search engine. Google has refuted the charges.

Op-Ed: Fake news, child psychology, and fixes for fake news?

Cleveland - New research has found a few facts about fake news, and why it’s believed. It’s a scary bit of information, but very important fundamental research. There might even be ways to finally defeat fake news.

Op-Ed: The real enemy is the Trump Administration — not the press

Video footage of Trump supporters shouting at and giving the middle finger to CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and other media personnel was striking - Sadly, it is evidence of the president's efforts to shut down our right to free speech.

Twitter undertakes audit to purge itself of 'toxicity'

Twitter, in an attempt to clean-up its services of fake accounts, bullying and spam, has enlisted experts from universities to conduct an audit of across its platform.

AI will be used to spot fake news in Mexican election

Mexico - In the post-Trump era of politics, fake news stories are hampering the democratic process and affecting voter choices. To partly address this in relation to the Mexican presidential elections, an AI-powered search tool is being used.

Fighting fake news in the era of Trump Special

Brooklyn - “Our Country's biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!" That was one of many tweets from President Trump attacking the media. But people are losing faith in practically every institution. Is there any way to reestablish trust?

Op-Ed: Fact Check — Did Democrats pass a law to separate families?

Washington - Thousands of children separated from their families at the U.S. southern border are being held in government-run facilities reminiscent of large animal cages. The Trump administration insists the law is on the books - but is it?

Decline in people using Facebook for news

The seventh annual Digital News Report has found there has been a decline in the number of people indicating they use Facebook as a news source. Instead WhatsApp gains in popularity.
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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has failed to prevent the spread of bogus news.
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AI is seeing increasing use as a weapon against fake news
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