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Another anti-refugee hoax in Europe
This is new
- WhatsApp has awarded 20 research projects $50,000 each to investigate how misinformation spreads on its platform.
- The Agence France-Presse’s fact-checking project is now operating in 13 countries around the world.
- Russia and Spain are reportedly collaborating on a new cybersecurity group aimed at preventing misinformation from harming diplomatic relations. *Thinking face emoji*
Show and tell
- The BBC talked to fact-checkers around the world about why they do the work they do.
- Wired U.K. wrote about how Full Fact is leveraging automation to go after misinformation.
- Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a link to an NBC Miami story about noncitizen voters in Florida. But the story was from 2012 and has been updated since — the news outlet added an editor’s note to the top explaining that.
This is bad
- Donald Trump has been tweeting false claims about voter fraud. BuzzFeed News broke down how that echoes online conspiracy theories, and how Twitter’s rules allow for the president’s falsities to go unchecked.
- During the U.S. midterm elections, several repeat (or “zombie”) hoaxes went viral online — despite being debunked by fact-checkers.
- That questionable video of CNN’s Jim Acosta during a White House press briefing is one giant UGH.
A closer look
- This week, CNN sued the White House after Jim Acosta was banned from press briefings. The American Bar Association’ Legal Fact Check published a legal backgrounder on the history of case law over press credentials.
- Researchers for the BBC spent hundreds of hours with people in India, Kenya and Nigeria to research how misinformation moves Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. They found that nationalism is a driving factor behind sharing fakes, but some think the news outlet’s sample (80 people across three countries) is too small for any conclusion to be drawn.
- There was plenty of fact-checking during the midterm elections — but very little of that work came from local news sources.
If you read a few more things
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10 quick fact-checking links
- The New York Times published a blockbuster investigation about how Facebook's leadership has responded to crises over the past few years. One of its findings: The company employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit protesters by linking them to George Soros.
- There’s a long read on deepfakes in The Guardian, but it’s kinda meh in terms of bringing anything new to the table.
- Taking over other people’s social media account is a bigger deal than you might have thought.
- In India, fact-checkers are seeing an “epidemic of fake quotes” from bogus news sources online.
- Why do people fall for fakes online? “It's just mental laziness,” MIT’s David Rand told Wired.
- That bitcoin-peddling fake Elon Musk promoted tweet was makign the rounds again this week.
- Rappler, a Filipino news site with an active fact-checking unit, is under pressure from the Duterte government.
- Who needs deepfakes when you’ve got grainy GIFs, right?
- Online groups of conspiracists behave a lot like cult members, Renee DiResta writes for Wired.
- Brazil's new Foreign Minister has some thoughts about fake news.