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.''
The day after Lucky Seven ran Roger Rogerson's story entitled Blue Murder, the raid Of Operation Kindra fame took place in Sydney ...
JOHN Ibrahim’s Sydney home has been raided and brothers Michael and Fadi have been arrested as part of a major operation to dismantle international drug syndicates.
Authorities in Dubai, working with AFP officers, swooped on the King of the Cross’ brothers in the street following dinner with three associates, Koder Jomaa, Mustapha Dib, and Stephen Elmir Raids in Sydney
fact-checking gets tweaked
Almost 8 months
into its partnership with third-party fact-checkers, Facebook is shaking
things up. The social network says it will be using "updated machine learning" to
detect more potential fakes to flag to fact-checkers. Fact checks will
also be appearing more often in related articles. Fact-checkers are being
paid, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Wall Street Journal. (Meanwhile in
Kenya, the company published its tips to fight false news [sic] in a full page ad, which made some
observers detect hypocrisy)
Quote of the week
"The age of the internet, even with all of its problems, empowers
individuals to learn the truth, spread it, gather others who agree with
your point of view and then use reason-based argument as a basis for
bringing about rational change that can save the future of our
civilization. I don't think that is a Pollyanna-ish view." — Al
Gore, former U.S. vice president, on KPCC
PolitiFact's big 1-0
PolitiFact editor Angie Holan reflects on 10 years of fact-checking at
the Pulitzer prize-winning project of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times.
"'Politi-What?' press secretaries would say when I called,"
Holan recollects. Name recognition is no longer a problem, she adds, but
political discourse has changed dramatically,
The gamification of facts
On the IFCN listserv this week, fact-checkers around the world weighed in
with some games designed to make it fun to figure out fact from fiction.
Here are a few: OjoPublico's game for Peruvian
audiences; PolitiFact's mobile app game for iPhone
and Android; Chequeado's games including a board game and "How many like you?"; and the Post Facto game by Tamar Wilner and
When free Facebook meets fake Facebook
The free version of Facebook available in some developing countries
doesn't allow the user to see the photo and content of shared articles —
both important steps in spotting fake news, notes Global Voices.
A familiar playbook
A majority of the most viral articles about Angela Merkel over the past
five years were fake, according to a BuzzFeed analysis. That echoes
previous results from the United States and Italy.
Comic Sans? Really?
India's Boom FactCheck checked out a viral
story that alleged Google had offered a high school student a high-paying
job — and showed people why they never should have believed the offer
letter it in the first place. One hint: the lame font.
Checking in on RT Fake Check
Russia Today’s fact-checking initiative was launched to a skeptical
reception in mid-March. Now four months old, can RT’s FakeCheck be taken
seriously? To answer that question, Poynter looked at the selection,
sourcing and conclusions of the articles published by FakeCheck.
does a fact-checker go on holiday?
Perhaps the town of Faux, in southwest France? (H/t Jacques Pezet. Tweet @factchecknet
with other suggestions or insults at the quality of the joke.)
This week, "This American Life" podcast tells the surprisingly engaging story of an
Alaskan man who sets out to fact-check a controversy in his hometown.
It's a great reminder how difficult it can be to separate truth and
fiction when you don't do it for a living.
Hitting fake news creators where it
Fake news impresario Paul Horner — ICYMI a colorful guy — says he used to
make a lot of money. Now, he says, Facebook fact-checkers have "hurt
my wallet for sure."
'How we know what we know'
That's how Brooke Borel describes her new podcast, "Methods," which launched this
week. The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking author interviews writers and
experts about methodology in finding facts on topics from climate change
to conspiracy theories.