Jozef Imrich, name worthy of Kafka, has his finger on the pulse of any irony of interest and shares his findings to keep you in-the-know with the savviest trend setters and infomaniacs.
''I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.''
You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
"Democracies use common sets of facts to solve problems. Fake news
puts toxic facts into our heads. When we let that happen, all sorts of things
go wrong. ...Without facts, the worst evils become possible." —Eric Newton, Arizona State University
"Denying that the Holocaust happened is the
biggest, most extraordinary and unacceptable fake news," said the
President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies at a recent parliamentary
committee hearing. While U.S. media were criticizing Facebook and Google for
their role in the fake news problem last summer, the wheels turned slower
in European institutions. Read more on Poynter.
A new Google Chrome plug-in helps journalists more quickly verify whether a video is real or fake. The EU-funded InVid has
launched in open beta.
The Wikimedia Foundation is bracing for another decade or so of misinformation
and propaganda. A report written by Nancy Watzman outlines a strategy for the future.
If you know 'persons
unknown,' read this
Lawyers are trying to stop a social media misinformation campaign that targets
a British businessman. But because no one's sure who's behind the
misinformation, an injunction was filed against "persons unknown." It appears to have
"Science denialism" and the Internet are helping to stoke the growing
numbers of people who believe the earth is flat. Read about a Denver group, including children,
that holds regular meetups.
Happy Birthday to Aos Fatos
Aos Fatos turns two, and founder Tai Nalon reflects on the strengths and weakness of the
Brazilian fact-checking project.
Tips for fact-checking
The Engine Room Library has a newly updated guide for fact-checking and research. ... This
new game tests your ability to tell fake news
headlines from real news headlines. ... Watch this Facebook video on fake news before posting any
more videos on Facebook. ... Looking for public government data? It may be
easier to find on this website.
Someone sent the Rachel Maddow show "an unbelievably red hot" tip
through the show's tip website. It turned out to be false, and Maddow is warning
others to be wary of fake tips.
battle looms over Snopes
A courtroom drama for the debunking world: The owner of Snopes is locked in a legal battle with a small digital services
company for control of the hoax-busting site.
Bots "have turned Twitter into a powerful political disinformation
platform," say the researchers behind a study of bots that spread misinformation about
French and U.S. political candidates.
quick fact-checking links
(1) Why they invested: Omidyar Network explains the $1 million grant to the
International Fact-Checking Network. (2) Africa Check is now on WhatsApp. (3) A brief history of climate denialism in
mainstream media. (4) Maybe fact-check your headline first? (5) The Washington Post's
most popular fact-checks of the year, so far.
(6) Faked audio is "the next
frontier in fake news.” H/T Aaron Sharockman. (7) Meet the producer
who's fact-checked 244 documentary films. (8)
Fighting fake news in India. (9) Here are the problems with all those solutions to win the
war on misinformation. (10) Can you name two fake news sources that a
majority of people think are real? (11) In a new poll from the
Media Insight Project, 31 percent of Democrats say they believe the news media
are "very accurate" but only 8 percent
of Republicans had that response. (12) PBS goes deep inside Russia's disinformation campaign.