The British solution to misinformation: Intervention
- A rejection of the term “fake news” in favor of “misinformation” and “disinformation”
- Applying existing accuracy and impartiality regulations for TV and radio to online media
- The creation of a working group of experts to research how misinformation spreads — and how fact-checking can help stop it
This is how we do it
- The IFCN has redesigned its code of principles in both form and substance. Check it out.
- First Draft and Witness teamed up to brainstorm potential solutions for detecting and debunking deepfake videos.
- The Duke Reporters’ Lab is partnering with the Raleigh News & Observer and the University of North Carolina to expand fact-checking throughout the state.
This is bad
- Facebook identified an ongoing political influence campaign that used inauthentic pages and profiles to sow division ahead of this fall’s American midterm elections.
- Conspiracy theories are hijacking YouTube search results for celebrities.
- Snopes fired its managing editor — and she still doesn’t know why.
This is fun
- Goop is prime fodder for satirists — and McSweeney’s covered its recent decision to hire a fact-checker.
- Snopes is in an ongoing feud with one of the most notorious hoaxers on the internet.
- Cable news chyrons are increasingly being used for fact-checking, Paul Farhi wrote in a well-produced story for The Washington Post. Here are some tips from 2016 on how to do it right.
- Bellingcat is hiring a full-time editor to oversee its digital investigations. Apply ASAP.
- Poynter is hiring an editor and program manager for its MediaWise project, which is aimed at media literacy and fact-checking for teenagers. Apply by Aug. 17.
- Are you a journalism educator or researcher? Join the IFCN’s pool of assessors and help vet fact-checkers before they join our code of principles.
A closer look
- It feels like every week there’s a new scandal in Silicon Valley. But The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal says each one tells us something about the tech industry’s biggest challenges.
- Last week, an old PolitiFact screenshot was used to attack one of Donald Trump’s tweets — and it wasn’t the first time a fact-checker had been targeted by misinformation.
- Facebook suspended InfoWars host Alex Jones from posting to the site for 30 days, citing a violation of the company’s policies. But Jones’ show is still streaming unabated, and his colleagues can still operate his pages.
If you read one more thing
7 quick fact-checking links
- After Facebook removed nearly 200 inauthentic accounts and pages in Brazil, far-right activists protested the company’s fact-checking partners.
- No, Twitter isn’t shadow-banning Republicans. Here’s why.
- A once-lucrative, American hyperpartisan news site is now being rented out to an Indian publisher.
- Fiat's Sergio Marchionne died July 25 and his legacy is hotly contested. Pagella Politica fact-checked a viral claim about layoffs during his tenure.
- Daniel was on Al Jazeera Arabic on Monday to talk about what WhatsApp is doing to counter misinformation.
- There were plenty of T-shirts for the QAnon conspiracy theory at a Trump rally in Tampa this week.
- Italian lawmakers nominated Marcello Foa, a journalist who has often shared fake news on social media, to be president of the state broadcaster Rai. Then a parliamentary committee rejected him.
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