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What the Yellow Vest protests tell us about misinformation
The first episode of (Mis)informed is live
This is new
- PolitiFact’s lie of the year: The online engine of hoaxes, conspiracy theories and smears against the victims of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
- Egypt has imprisoned more journalists on “false news” charges this year than any other country.
- The Washington Post Fact Checker has a new rating: the Bottomless Pinocchio. It’ll be used for false claims that are repeated over and over again.
(Screenshot from RMIT ABC Fact Check video)
Show and tell
- RMIT ABC Fact Check in Australia published a video about its engagement over the past year with policymakers and readers.
- Nieman Lab published a few strategies for combating health misinformation.
- These Czech students created a game that helps teenagers tell fact from fiction online.
The Bad Place
- A year after YouTube promised to cut down on the amount of bogus content on the platform, conspiracy theories still run rampant.
- An imposter Facebook account was used to drum up support for the migrant caravan, BuzzFeed News reported.
- Fox Business Network apologized after a Republican lawmaker spread an anti-George Soros conspiracy theory on air.
A closer look
- Wired has a deep dive on how WhatsApp facilitates the spread of misinformation and violence in India.
- Nieman Lab’s 2019 predictions went live this week, and Claire Wardle of First Draft nailed hers: “2019 will be the year when misinformation becomes harder to track as it moves out of sight, into more closed and ephemeral spaces.”
- The Guardian checked in with a few of Facebook’s fact-checking partners to see how the project is going. The verdict: Not well. But stay tuned for a more comprehensive version of this story on Poynter.org tomorrow.
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7 quick fact-checking links
- Here are PolitiFact’s top 10 most popular fact checks of 2018.
- Breitbart took it upon itself to fact-check the role of consent in the Nativity Story and it’s *ahem* something.
- Psychology Today takes a look at what some of the research says about how misinformation spreads online.
- Snopes came under fire for a fact check about a viral photo of Congress members who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
- Another political group created an AI-powered Trump impersonation to warn about deepfakes.
- Africa Check is hiring a developer.
- Deepfakes made the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs.