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This is how we do it
- In Brazil, Truco from Agência Pública has set up a coalition of 34 journalists to fact-check gubernatorial candidates in seven states, as well as the presidential election.
- The founders of the now-defunct Breaking News app have launched a new service that delivers verified information to companies during a crisis.
- Do you know the difference between a “misquote” and a “misattributed quote?” MediaWise has the explainer.
This is bad
- Genoa's bridge disaster led to at least 39 deaths. It also spawned a sadly predictable series of false or misattributed photos.
- A fake Twitter account for Peter Strzok, who led the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, is racking up thousands of likes and retweets.
- The governing party in Scotland launched a “fact-checking” service that it’s using to amplify its message.
This is fun
- Someone is selling Bellingcat T-shirts without the organization’s permission on eBay.
- This exhibition in Columbia, Missouri traces the historical roots of misinformation all the way back to Ancient Greece.
- Donald Trump called fact-checkers “bad people.” The New York Times’ Linda Qiu has a fact check.
Research you can use
- The majority of Americans think that tech platforms aren’t doing enough to combat misinformation — and they also think those companies should remove posts that are made up or unverified, according to a new survey from the Knight Foundation and Gallup.
- As part of its effort to reach out to skeptical fact-checking audiences, PolitiFact commissioned an analysis of its fact checks. The topline finding: Researchers couldn’t find any substantial linguistic difference in the way the project covers Republicans or Democrats.
- Misinformation isn’t just a public relations fiasco: It could threaten social media companies’ bottom line, according to research from the University of Southern California.
A closer look
- The New York Times published an in-depth investigation into the business of manipulated views on YouTube. One man in Ottawa has sold 15 million views for close to $200,000 this year.
- The Times also profiled Glenn Kessler and said he’s “doing the poet’s work” by running The Washington Post Fact Checker.
- Speaking of fake social media engagement, the Digital Forensic Research Lab exposed a network of Brazilian Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts that are trading likes, followers and pages for cash.
If you read one more thing
13 quick fact-checking links
- After it refused to follow other tech companies and ban him, Twitter suspended notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week. The company cited a violation of its rules against abusive behavior and violence incitement.
- Speaking of Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey told The Washington Post that he's reconsidering core parts of the platform to stop the spread of harassment and fake news — including adding factual context to false tweets.
- A false story about the Greek parliament installing a pool on its terrace went viral.
- What makes people believe fake news? Turns out that most Americans — of all digital skill levels — let their impulses take over when sharing content online.
- Turkey is investigating social accounts spreading rumors that the government says are aimed at manipulating the economy.
- BuzzFeed Newz is the wannabe BuzzFeed News.
- Would *you* watch an entire movie about fact-checkers? (If your answer is “Yes”, a reminder that Lifespan of a Fact is hitting Broadway next month.)
- Mother Jones interviewed Daniel, First Draft, Mike Caulfield and other experts on how to fight back against online misinformation.
- That moment when fake news accounts like your photos on Instagram.
- A Texas town’s police department shared a hoax originally posted by Christopher Blair and then amplified by a Macedonian fake news site.
- An InfoWars editor thinks what Alex Jones does is just “silly conspiracy rants” and “stupid radio rants,” per his own DMs.
- The New York Times’ Sheera Frenkel wrote about how one fake Facebook group was able to organize protests in real life.
- Verificado 2018 is a finalist for a 2018 Online Journalism Award in the collaboration and partnerships category.