BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - The European Union has called on Facebook and other platforms to invest more in fact-checking, but a new study shows those efforts may rarely reach the communities worst affected by fake news. The analysis by big-data firm Alto Data Analytics over a three-month period ahead of this year's EU elections casts doubt on the effectiveness of fact-checking even though demand for it is growing. Facebook has been under fire since Russia used it to influence the election that brought Donald Trump to power. The company quadrupled the number of fact-checking groups it works with worldwide over the last year and its subsidiary WhatsApp launched its first fact-checking service. The EU, which has expanded its own fact-checking team, urged online platforms to take greater action or risk regulation. Fact-checkers are often journalists who set up non-profits or work at mainstream media outlets to scour the web for viral falsehoods. Their rebuttals in the form of articles, blog posts … [Read more...] about Fake news fact-checks hobbled by low reach, study shows
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SAN FRANCISCO CA – MAY 9: Ethan Lindenberger, Tun Khin and Jessikka Aro, victims of “fake news” on social media, speak Thursday, May 9, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif., about their recent visits with Facebook, Twitter and Google. Lindenberger has been attacked for standing up anti-vexers, while Khin is a Rohingya human rights activist and Are is a Finnish journalist investigating Russian troll farms. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO CA – MAY 9: Jessikka Aro, a Finnish journalist investigating Russian troll farms, visits San Francisco, Calif., Thursday, May 9, 2019, to discuss her concerns about being a victim of “fake news” on social media with Facebook, Twitter and Google. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO CA – MAY 9: Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year old from Ohio who recently testified to the Senate about standing up to anti-vaxxers, visits San Francisco, Calif., Thursday, May 9, 2019, to discuss his … [Read more...] about ‘Fake news victims’ meet with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- For years, Facebook has built its algorithms to maximize engagement and clicks -- a strategy that has helped the company garner 2.7 billion users across its family of apps, including Instagram and Messenger. But increasingly, the company is willing to go up against the way its software is designed to combat the spread of harmful content. On Wednesday, the company announced a slew of new features and incremental product updates that counter the core engineering of its own systems by tweaking them to do more to reduce the spread of misinformation and sensational news -- borderline content that the company won't remove entirely but is taking a more active role in policing. For example, the company will update its scrolling news feed algorithm by reviewing little-known websites whose articles get sudden surges of traffic on Facebook -- a pattern that Facebook says internal tests showed were a red flag for misinformation and clickbait. The new metric does not mean … [Read more...] about How Facebook is trying to stop its own algorithms from doing their job
By Bloomberg News | February 7, 2019 at 7:04 am By Karin Matussek and Stephanie Bodoni | Bloomberg News Facebook’s advertising model came under attack in a landmark ruling from German antitrust regulators who ordered the social network to overhaul how it tracks its users’ internet browsing and smartphone apps. Germany’s Federal Cartel Office gave the company 12 months to stop “unrestrictedly collecting and using” data and combining it with users’ Facebook accounts without their consent. Facebook said it was being unfairly singled out by the regulator, which has broken new ground by using antitrust law to tackle data privacy. “People always ask to break up huge internet companies,” Andreas Mundt, head of the FCO told journalists in Bonn Thursday. “Well, what we do here today is really something like internally breaking them up.” Europe’s biggest economy has been difficult terrain for social networks after … [Read more...] about Facebook to appeal German order to stop combining data without explicit user consent
Fake news, false reporting, disinformation, propaganda, lies. Call it what you want, but the phenomenon is as old as the concept of communication itself. In our digital age, however, the problem has become far more acute; social networks such as Facebook, Youtube and WhatsApp allow any information, authentic or otherwise, to spread instantly to people all over the world. The digitisation of disinformation has been blamed for skewing the results of elections and referenda and leading public opinion down the wrong path. So what needs to be done in Europe to minimise the problem? Euronews spoke with Chris Marsden, a lawyer and professor of media law at the University of Sussex in the UK. He, along with political scientist Trisha Meyer, presented the findings of a study they co-authored to The Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), a branch of the European Parliament that organises discussions and forums on emerging and tech-led topics of political relevance (see more … [Read more...] about How can Europe tackle fake news in the digital age?