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Research you can use
- Artificial intelligence can be a two-edged sword when it comes to misinformation, says a researcher from the Computational Propaganda Project.
- Journalist’s Resource has rounded up some of the latest research on misinformation.
- Who reads fact-checking and why? Here’s what British fact-checking outlet Full Fact found in its first large-scale audience report.
This is how we do it
- BuzzFeed News has five tips for spotting “deepfake” videos online.
- The Los Angeles Times talks to the journalists in Mexico who are fighting the “fake news crisis” leading up to this summer’s elections.
- A tip sheet from International Fact-Checking Day: Here are eight ways to avoid falling for viral fad studies.
This is bad
- Anatomy of a mistake: How the wrong photo of a civil rights icon was distributed and why it still remains on some websites.
- Some interesting information is emerging from the Brexit misinformation investigation, including a comparison between Hitler and President Trump’s campaign.
- Which is scarier: political campaigns that distribute misinformation about their opponents, or the opponents who “correct” them?
A closer look
- When a doctor sued a popular Italian debunking site, a judge ordered the entire thing offline. Here’s what happened.
- CNET says we’re all ignoring one of the biggest misinformation problems on social media: The memes.
- Many things ruined the Internet, with fake news and misinformation among the biggest offenders. New York Magazine’s “Select All” column offers apologies from Internet pioneers who “are aghast at what they created.”
- Next week is the Web Conference in Lyon, France, which has an entire day dedicated to misinformation research.
- April 29 is the deadline to apply for The TruthBuzz fellowships, which will embed five journalists in newsrooms to improve the reach and impact of fact-checking.
- May 31 is the deadline to submit ideas for the Misinformation Solutions Forum sponsored by the Rita Allen Foundation.
If you read one more thing
10 quick fact-checking links
- Truth Goggles are apparently coming back — this time to help package factual content for partisan readers.
- U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accuses Russia of orchestrating a “disinformation campaign” about chemical attacks on Syrian children. Here are some of the things that got traction online.
- Trolls on 4chan are spreading fake Starbucks coupons for black customers following news that the chain would host mandatory “racial-bias education.”
- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regularly hosted conspiracy theorists on his radio show, CNN reported.
- Facebook’s privacy changes could make it harder for people to research the platform.
- Missed the International Journalism Festival? You can replay the panels on fact-checking.
- This wrongly attributed video of an airplane crash earned more views on Facebook even after Agence France Press debunked it.
- A sentiment analysis found that the two-word terms that most accompany Facebook coverage are “fake news” and “Cambridge Analytica.” In 2004, they were “college students” and “waste time.”
- The latest American Bar Association Legal Fact Check is a timely look at attorney-client privilege.
- Fergus Bell says we need to spend less time defining what “fake news” means and more time working on the problem — collaboratively.