Steven John, provided by Published 1:59 pm CDT, Friday, March 29, 2019 Getty You can change your name on Facebook in about a minute, but there are several restrictions to mind. Facebook prohibits the use of pseudonyms, but it does allow you to use common nicknames, such as Bill in place of William. Changing your Facebook name will not alter anything else about your account, and it will not remove the tags applied to your previous name. There are any number of good reasons to change the name on your Facebook account. Maybe you're taking on a new spouse's surname and want your profile to reflect your new name. Or maybe you've outgrown your childhood nickname — Billy, let's say — and want to start going by William instead. Or maybe you just need some change to spice things up. Why you want to change your name on Facebook is your business, but how you do it is like this: How to change your name on Facebook Head to Facebook and make sure you're logged … [Read more...] about How to change your name on Facebook
How much fake news is on facebook
MANILA - “Fake news” – or more accurately, disinformation or misinformation – has spread like wildfire on Facebook in the last few years, thanks in part to so-called social media influencers. Twinmark Media Enterprises, which was banned by Facebook for exhibiting “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” paid social media influencers between P5,000 to P150,000 a month to re-post or share fake news. Based on a Twinmark's 2017 "advertising list" obtained by ABS-CBN News, many of the pages that shared Twinmark content were linked to showbiz celebrities, fan pages, news media personalities, and politicians. There were also a number of meme, quote, or joke pages that had huge followings and likes. This was how the scheme worked: Twinmark tapped Facebook accounts that are either linked to famous personalities, or have huge following and/or high engagement. The accounts were given “deliverables” or the things they needed to do for Twinmark, … [Read more...] about How social media ‘influencers’ helped Twinmark disseminate fake news
Just how factually accurate are most health articles you come across? You might be savvy enough to sort Goop from the Mayo Clinic, but when it comes to traditional news outlets, you might also be surprised to learn how much false information is really out there. Health Feedback, a bipartisan network of scientists who collectively assess the credibility of health media coverage, worked together with the Credibility Coalition to examine the 100 most popular health articles of 2018–specifically, those with the highest number of social media engagements. They studied stories from numerous well-known websites, such as Time, NPR, the Huffington Post, Daily Mail, New Scientist, CNN, and more. Of the top 10 shared articles, scientists found that three quarters were either misleading or included some false information. Only three were considered “highly credible.” Some lacked context of the issue, exaggerated the harms of a potential threat, or overstated research … [Read more...] about A shockingly large majority of health news shared on Facebook is fake or misleading
A new study by researchers at Princeton and New York University found that people over 65 years old were far more likely to share intentionally false or misleading information on Facebook than all other adults. Researchers looked at Facebook posts leading up to the 2016 presidential election and after, checking them for popular news domains known for spreading disinformation. The study did find, however, that the practice of sharing so-called fake news was fairly rare in general. A recently published study found that Facebook users over 65 years old were far more likely than other adults to share disinformation on social media. Researchers at both Princeton and New York University concluded that though the practice of spreading so-called fake news was rare overall, a person’s likelihood of sharing it correlated more strongly with age than it did education, sex, or political views. “No other demographic characteristic seems to have a consistent effect on sharing fake … [Read more...] about Baby boomers share nearly 7 times as many ‘fake news’ articles on Facebook as adults under 30, new study finds
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?