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Jimmy Richmond 2018-03-08
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(March 9) Science today published the largest-ever longitudinal study of the spread of false news online.

Three MIT researchers, Soroush Vosoughi and Deb Roy of the Media Lab and Sinan Aral of the Sloan School of Management, investigated all the true and false news stories verified by six independent fact checking organizations that were distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017.

The researchers studied approximately 126K cascades on Twitter about contested news stories tweeted by 3 million people over 4.5M times.

The researchers found that false news travels farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth online in all categories.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the study found that false news spreads more quickly than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.

Falsehoods were 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth, even when controlling for the account age, activity level and number of followers and followees of the original tweeter, as well as whether the original tweeter was a verified user.

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William Franklin 2018-04-28
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During the Fighting Abuse @Scale conference, Facebook and other tech companies discussed their plans for combatting fake news and misinformation online.

CNET reports that the social media giant isn’t interested in playing the role of a full-time fact checker, but does want to fight the spread of misinformation where it can.

“We’re concerned when falsehood becomes an industry,” said Facebook engineering director Michael McNally.

However, the company found that the bright red tags may have actually encouraged some users to share the stories.

Rather than bring back the tagging system, Facebook announced a couple of new ways it would help combat the spread of fake news.

For starters, when Facebook’s fact-checking process, which uses a combination of algorithms and third-party reviewers, determines a story is false, they’ll make it appear smaller on your timeline.

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William Carter 2018-05-23
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News Feed, the algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information.

In addition, WIRED was able to sit down for a very conversation with eight generally press-shy product managers and engineers who work on News Feed to ask detailed questions about the workings of the canals, dams, and rivers that they manage.

At least nine times during the film, different employees scratch their chins.

He’s charismatic and friendly, and he explains that posts on Facebook can be broken into four categories, based on the intent of the author and the truthfulness of the content: innocent and false; innocent and true; devious and false; devious and true.

A few minutes later, Dan Zigmond—author of the book Buddha’s Diet, incidentally—explains the triptych through which troublesome posts are countered: remove, reduce, inform.

Terrible things that violate Facebook’s Terms of Service are removed.

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William Cutright 2021-01-26
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A new study co-authored by MIT scholars finds that fact-checking labels, when attached to online news headlines, actually work better after people read false headlines, not when the labels precede the headline or accompany it.
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Garland Marsella 2016-12-20
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Hefty fines can be the consequences of Facebook not sharpens the handling of false news on the platform.

A world completely free from the false news, racist comments, and hateful content perhaps is a utopia.

But it does not prevent German politicians from trying to stop them in social media.

Now threaten German coalition government with the law and a fine of up to 4.8 million if the companies behind the world's largest social network does not pick out the fake news within a day.

the Proposal means that platforms like Facebook and Twitter, according to law, shall be responsible for the false news that is spread in their channels.

They also need to build up a local office in the country with the task to remove the articles, around the clock, every day of the year, writing, among others, Der Spiegel and Deutsche Welle.

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Raymond Powers 2018-03-08
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Yet empirical verification of this common wisdom has been scarce — to our chagrin these past few years as lies in seven-league boots outpace a hobbled truth on platforms seemingly bespoke for this lopsided race.

The conclusion, as summarized in the abstract: “Falsehood diffused farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information.”

But read on before you blame Russia, non-chronological feeds, the election or any other easy out.

The reason false news (a deliberate choice in nomenclature to keep it separate from the politically charged “fake news”) spreads so fast is a very human one.

There’s been very little empirical large scale evidence one way or the other about how false news spreads online, and we need a lot more of it.”

Still, the results are robust and fairly straightforward: people just seem to spread false news faster.

collect
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Michael Ambriz 2016-11-15
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Google has confirmed plans to block access to its advertising platforms if it deems sites are publishing false news stories or being misleading about their site's 'primary purpose'.

Google has announced that it plans to penalise sites disseminating fake or misleading news stories by blocking their access to its AdWords advertising platform, should they fail to properly mark their content as satirical or otherwise hide their aims.

Following media reports that the outcome of the recent US presidential election may have been influenced, in whatever small way, by false stories published on out-of-the-way websites yet given undue prominence in news-gathering services like Facebook's feed and Google News, Google has confirmed plans to cut sites publishing fake news off from its AdWords advertising platform.

According to a statement issued to newswire agency Reuters by Google parent company Alphabet, the move would affect only sites which 'misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web property.'

Under those terms, sites which offer up satirical content, such as well-known lampoon The Onion, would still have access to the AdWords platform so long as their content is clearly marked as satire.

Sites which aim to influence public opinion by masking opinion editorial or outright fictitious 'news' as the real deal, however, will find themselves cut off from a major source of funding.

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Jerry Miller 2018-03-08
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(Reuters) — False news stories spread much more quickly and widely on Twitter than truthful ones, an imbalance driven more by people than automated “bot” accounts, researchers said on Thursday.

A study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab examining about 126,000 stories shared by some 3 million people on Twitter from 2006 to 2017 found that false news was about 70 percent more likely to be retweeted by people than true news.

The study, published in the journal Science, was one of the most comprehensive efforts to date to assess the dynamics behind how false news circulates on social media.

Twitter and other social media companies such as Facebook have been under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and international regulators for doing too little to prevent the spread of false content.

U.S. officials have accused Russia of using social media to try to sow discord in the United States and interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The stories examined in the study were reviewed by six independent fact-checking organizations including Snopes and Politifact to assess their veracity.

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Bradley James 2017-01-16
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Facebook's new system against the so-called false news, will be introduced in Germany soon.

the Suspected false news, will contain original research and must be labelled with warnings.

Germany will thus become the second country after the united states, where Facebook test drive the new system.

the System will be in place before the autumn parliamentary elections in Germany, where several fictional news has been widely spread in recent times.

Read more: Facebook recruits chief news editor

An example is a news story alleging that Germany's oldest church set on fire by a mob.

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George Mitchell 2017-01-30
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Facebook and other companies in the social media need to act more clearly against the so-called false news.

It requires the EU commissioner Andrus Ansip in an interview in the Financial Times.

He goes on to say that recent events may be a turning point for onlineplattformarna, running the risk of losing trust.

" I am worried, like all people, over the false news.

Especially after the elections in the united states.

I really believe in self-regulation, but if something needs to be clarified, we are ready, " says Andrus Ansip told the newspaper.

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Earl Ledet 2017-01-30
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Facebook and other companies in the social media need to act more clearly against the so-called false news.

It requires the EU commissioner Andrus Ansip in an interview in the Financial Times.

He goes on to say that recent events may be a turning point for onlineplattformarna, running the risk of losing trust.

" I am worried, like all people, over the false news.

Especially after the elections in the united states.

I really believe in self-regulation, but if something needs to be clarified, we are ready, " says Andrus Ansip told the newspaper.

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Kay Pry 2017-08-29
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Facebook to block pages that recurring parts ads and advertisements containing false news.

It notifies the company of its pressida.

Facebook has previously limited the ability to disseminate false information, by blocking ads of specific reviewers found to contain false news.

”Now we take it a step further.

If the pages repeatedly share false stories, will these notorious regelbrytare no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook,” wrote product managers Satwik Shukla and Tessa Lyons.

According to Facebook, will the economic incentive to spread incorrect information that reduce to the new regulations.

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Joseph Wiles 2017-04-14
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In it’s ongoing battle with false news, Facebook is taking an old-fashioned approach: putting ads in newspapers.

The ads are appearing in French publications the Le Monde, Libération, and Le Parisien, among others.

Each ad has ten tips, advising readers to check story sources, dates, and facts wherever possible — common sense, you’d think.

The choice of country wasn’t made at random; France is set to hold its presidential election later this month.

French newspapers seem like an odd place for Facebook advice, but the social media site might just be trying to reach as many demographics as possible.

Facebook declared war on the false news epidemic last December.

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Porter Johnson 2017-04-25
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Fake news in order to influence people's opinions and push opionen in a particular direction has become an all too common occurrence.

Now co-founder of nätuppslagsverket Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, started a news site to fight fake and manipulated news.

In the center stands the facts, and it must permeate all aspects of the business.

Readers should easily be able to find the source for each article.

the Quality of the media has been on the decline in many areas, not all, and there is a real yearning among the public for something more serious and reliable, " says Jimmy Wales.

initially, the ten journalists will be recruited and they will work together with the people in the network who faktagranskar and editing articles.

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Seth Logan 2018-04-26
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McNally's remarks come as Facebook deals with intense scrutiny over the spread of misinformation and divisive content on the giant social network in an alleged Russian campaign taking place around the time of the 2016 presidential election.

It's a conference on how to stop the very kind of behavior that has Facebook -- and other tech giants including Google and Twitter -- in hot water right now.

Machine learning to fight fraud and fake news

Speakers from Google, AirBNB, Microsoft and LinkedIn also presented at the San Francisco event, though Facebook's speakers were the most focused on the idea of fake news and misinformation.

Others presenters at the conference spoke to the wide range of havoc that fraudsters, scammers, spammers and other criminals can create if left unchecked.

Depending on how it's used, this technology is itself controversial.

collect
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David Bierman 2016-11-15
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the Facebook ceo and founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Lies and fabricated news online decided us elections.

Sökjätten Google has already flagged that it will ban sites who earn money to put out false news in the Google reklamnätverk.

During Monday joined the social networking site out and said that sites with fake news will no longer be able to use reklamnätverket Facebook Audience Network.

in the Past, it has only banned the sites which engage in illegal activities or scams.

It has been understood, but now we have updated the policy to expressly clarify that this applies to the false news.

collect
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Jimmy Richmond 2018-03-08
img

(March 9) Science today published the largest-ever longitudinal study of the spread of false news online.

Three MIT researchers, Soroush Vosoughi and Deb Roy of the Media Lab and Sinan Aral of the Sloan School of Management, investigated all the true and false news stories verified by six independent fact checking organizations that were distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017.

The researchers studied approximately 126K cascades on Twitter about contested news stories tweeted by 3 million people over 4.5M times.

The researchers found that false news travels farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth online in all categories.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the study found that false news spreads more quickly than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.

Falsehoods were 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth, even when controlling for the account age, activity level and number of followers and followees of the original tweeter, as well as whether the original tweeter was a verified user.

William Carter 2018-05-23
img

News Feed, the algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information.

In addition, WIRED was able to sit down for a very conversation with eight generally press-shy product managers and engineers who work on News Feed to ask detailed questions about the workings of the canals, dams, and rivers that they manage.

At least nine times during the film, different employees scratch their chins.

He’s charismatic and friendly, and he explains that posts on Facebook can be broken into four categories, based on the intent of the author and the truthfulness of the content: innocent and false; innocent and true; devious and false; devious and true.

A few minutes later, Dan Zigmond—author of the book Buddha’s Diet, incidentally—explains the triptych through which troublesome posts are countered: remove, reduce, inform.

Terrible things that violate Facebook’s Terms of Service are removed.

Garland Marsella 2016-12-20
img

Hefty fines can be the consequences of Facebook not sharpens the handling of false news on the platform.

A world completely free from the false news, racist comments, and hateful content perhaps is a utopia.

But it does not prevent German politicians from trying to stop them in social media.

Now threaten German coalition government with the law and a fine of up to 4.8 million if the companies behind the world's largest social network does not pick out the fake news within a day.

the Proposal means that platforms like Facebook and Twitter, according to law, shall be responsible for the false news that is spread in their channels.

They also need to build up a local office in the country with the task to remove the articles, around the clock, every day of the year, writing, among others, Der Spiegel and Deutsche Welle.

Michael Ambriz 2016-11-15
img

Google has confirmed plans to block access to its advertising platforms if it deems sites are publishing false news stories or being misleading about their site's 'primary purpose'.

Google has announced that it plans to penalise sites disseminating fake or misleading news stories by blocking their access to its AdWords advertising platform, should they fail to properly mark their content as satirical or otherwise hide their aims.

Following media reports that the outcome of the recent US presidential election may have been influenced, in whatever small way, by false stories published on out-of-the-way websites yet given undue prominence in news-gathering services like Facebook's feed and Google News, Google has confirmed plans to cut sites publishing fake news off from its AdWords advertising platform.

According to a statement issued to newswire agency Reuters by Google parent company Alphabet, the move would affect only sites which 'misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web property.'

Under those terms, sites which offer up satirical content, such as well-known lampoon The Onion, would still have access to the AdWords platform so long as their content is clearly marked as satire.

Sites which aim to influence public opinion by masking opinion editorial or outright fictitious 'news' as the real deal, however, will find themselves cut off from a major source of funding.

Bradley James 2017-01-16
img

Facebook's new system against the so-called false news, will be introduced in Germany soon.

the Suspected false news, will contain original research and must be labelled with warnings.

Germany will thus become the second country after the united states, where Facebook test drive the new system.

the System will be in place before the autumn parliamentary elections in Germany, where several fictional news has been widely spread in recent times.

Read more: Facebook recruits chief news editor

An example is a news story alleging that Germany's oldest church set on fire by a mob.

Earl Ledet 2017-01-30
img

Facebook and other companies in the social media need to act more clearly against the so-called false news.

It requires the EU commissioner Andrus Ansip in an interview in the Financial Times.

He goes on to say that recent events may be a turning point for onlineplattformarna, running the risk of losing trust.

" I am worried, like all people, over the false news.

Especially after the elections in the united states.

I really believe in self-regulation, but if something needs to be clarified, we are ready, " says Andrus Ansip told the newspaper.

Joseph Wiles 2017-04-14
img

In it’s ongoing battle with false news, Facebook is taking an old-fashioned approach: putting ads in newspapers.

The ads are appearing in French publications the Le Monde, Libération, and Le Parisien, among others.

Each ad has ten tips, advising readers to check story sources, dates, and facts wherever possible — common sense, you’d think.

The choice of country wasn’t made at random; France is set to hold its presidential election later this month.

French newspapers seem like an odd place for Facebook advice, but the social media site might just be trying to reach as many demographics as possible.

Facebook declared war on the false news epidemic last December.

Seth Logan 2018-04-26
img

McNally's remarks come as Facebook deals with intense scrutiny over the spread of misinformation and divisive content on the giant social network in an alleged Russian campaign taking place around the time of the 2016 presidential election.

It's a conference on how to stop the very kind of behavior that has Facebook -- and other tech giants including Google and Twitter -- in hot water right now.

Machine learning to fight fraud and fake news

Speakers from Google, AirBNB, Microsoft and LinkedIn also presented at the San Francisco event, though Facebook's speakers were the most focused on the idea of fake news and misinformation.

Others presenters at the conference spoke to the wide range of havoc that fraudsters, scammers, spammers and other criminals can create if left unchecked.

Depending on how it's used, this technology is itself controversial.

William Franklin 2018-04-28
img

During the Fighting Abuse @Scale conference, Facebook and other tech companies discussed their plans for combatting fake news and misinformation online.

CNET reports that the social media giant isn’t interested in playing the role of a full-time fact checker, but does want to fight the spread of misinformation where it can.

“We’re concerned when falsehood becomes an industry,” said Facebook engineering director Michael McNally.

However, the company found that the bright red tags may have actually encouraged some users to share the stories.

Rather than bring back the tagging system, Facebook announced a couple of new ways it would help combat the spread of fake news.

For starters, when Facebook’s fact-checking process, which uses a combination of algorithms and third-party reviewers, determines a story is false, they’ll make it appear smaller on your timeline.

William Cutright 2021-01-26
img
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A new study co-authored by MIT scholars finds that fact-checking labels, when attached to online news headlines, actually work better after people read false headlines, not when the labels precede the headline or accompany it.
Raymond Powers 2018-03-08
img

Yet empirical verification of this common wisdom has been scarce — to our chagrin these past few years as lies in seven-league boots outpace a hobbled truth on platforms seemingly bespoke for this lopsided race.

The conclusion, as summarized in the abstract: “Falsehood diffused farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information.”

But read on before you blame Russia, non-chronological feeds, the election or any other easy out.

The reason false news (a deliberate choice in nomenclature to keep it separate from the politically charged “fake news”) spreads so fast is a very human one.

There’s been very little empirical large scale evidence one way or the other about how false news spreads online, and we need a lot more of it.”

Still, the results are robust and fairly straightforward: people just seem to spread false news faster.

Jerry Miller 2018-03-08
img

(Reuters) — False news stories spread much more quickly and widely on Twitter than truthful ones, an imbalance driven more by people than automated “bot” accounts, researchers said on Thursday.

A study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab examining about 126,000 stories shared by some 3 million people on Twitter from 2006 to 2017 found that false news was about 70 percent more likely to be retweeted by people than true news.

The study, published in the journal Science, was one of the most comprehensive efforts to date to assess the dynamics behind how false news circulates on social media.

Twitter and other social media companies such as Facebook have been under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and international regulators for doing too little to prevent the spread of false content.

U.S. officials have accused Russia of using social media to try to sow discord in the United States and interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The stories examined in the study were reviewed by six independent fact-checking organizations including Snopes and Politifact to assess their veracity.

George Mitchell 2017-01-30
img

Facebook and other companies in the social media need to act more clearly against the so-called false news.

It requires the EU commissioner Andrus Ansip in an interview in the Financial Times.

He goes on to say that recent events may be a turning point for onlineplattformarna, running the risk of losing trust.

" I am worried, like all people, over the false news.

Especially after the elections in the united states.

I really believe in self-regulation, but if something needs to be clarified, we are ready, " says Andrus Ansip told the newspaper.

Kay Pry 2017-08-29
img

Facebook to block pages that recurring parts ads and advertisements containing false news.

It notifies the company of its pressida.

Facebook has previously limited the ability to disseminate false information, by blocking ads of specific reviewers found to contain false news.

”Now we take it a step further.

If the pages repeatedly share false stories, will these notorious regelbrytare no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook,” wrote product managers Satwik Shukla and Tessa Lyons.

According to Facebook, will the economic incentive to spread incorrect information that reduce to the new regulations.

Porter Johnson 2017-04-25
img

Fake news in order to influence people's opinions and push opionen in a particular direction has become an all too common occurrence.

Now co-founder of nätuppslagsverket Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, started a news site to fight fake and manipulated news.

In the center stands the facts, and it must permeate all aspects of the business.

Readers should easily be able to find the source for each article.

the Quality of the media has been on the decline in many areas, not all, and there is a real yearning among the public for something more serious and reliable, " says Jimmy Wales.

initially, the ten journalists will be recruited and they will work together with the people in the network who faktagranskar and editing articles.

David Bierman 2016-11-15
img

the Facebook ceo and founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Lies and fabricated news online decided us elections.

Sökjätten Google has already flagged that it will ban sites who earn money to put out false news in the Google reklamnätverk.

During Monday joined the social networking site out and said that sites with fake news will no longer be able to use reklamnätverket Facebook Audience Network.

in the Past, it has only banned the sites which engage in illegal activities or scams.

It has been understood, but now we have updated the policy to expressly clarify that this applies to the false news.