The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified passengers. It turns out the video is totally bunk, spliced together from a computer-generated clip and unrelated real news footage. But that didn't stop the Facebook post from arriving in my News Feed via a friend last month. I watched it. Maybe you did, too: It has nearly 14 million views. Everyone now knows the web is filled with lies. So then how do fake Facebook posts, YouTube videos and tweets keep making suckers of us?To find out, I conducted a forensic investigation of the fake that fooled my social network. I found the original creator of that CG plane clip. I spoke to the Facebook executive charged with curbing misinformation. And I confronted my friend who shared it.The motives for a crazy plane report may be different from posts misdirecting American voters or fueling genocide in Myanmar. Yet some of the … [Read more...] about Essay: I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too.
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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The United Nations' highest court has ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran that affect imports of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to the safety of civil aviation. President Donald Trump moved to restore tough U.S. sanctions in May after announcing he was withdrawing from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Iran challenged the sanctions in a case filed in July at the International Court of Justice. In a preliminary ruling in the case, the court said Wednesday that Washington must "remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from" the re-imposition of sanctions to the export to Iran of medicine and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities and spare parts and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation. The U.S. is expected to challenge … [Read more...] about U.S. ordered to lift some Iran sanctions by International Court of Justice
What’s it like to work for Rupert Murdoch, arguably the world’s most famous living media tycoon? His former henchman, Les Hinton, who worked for the Aussie mogul for decades, can explain. “Rupert wasn’t the easiest person to work with, he could be very tough,” Hinton said of the man for whom he oversaw the Times, Sunday Times, Sun and News of the World newspapers for 12 years from 1995 to 2007. “I didn’t kiss his photograph before I went to bed every night,” he added.“[Murdoch] could be very unreasonable sometimes, he could be impatient, but when you made a terrible mistake he could also be very understanding.”In his new memoirs, The Bootle Boy: An Untidy Life In News, Hinton talks about his “peripatetic” childhood following his army father as he was stationed around the world. Between postings the family would stay in Bootle, Merseyside – the Bootle of the book’s title – from where his … [Read more...] about Ex News International boss Les Hinton says Murdoch is a hard worker with ‘huge cohones’ but he ‘didn’t kiss his photo before bed’
Sky News has appointed Time defence editor Deborah Haynes as its new foreign affairs editor. Haynes’s coverage of Iraqi interpreters working for the British Military won the Bevins Prize for Investigative Journalism and the Amnesty International UK Media Award. Sky News director of news-gathering, Jonathan Levy, said: “Deborah is a brilliant journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering international affairs.“Her appointment underlines Sky News’ commitment to original journalism and foreign news.”Haynes added: “I look forward to being a part of the team that reports on the biggest stories around the world and why they matter.” Haynes replaces Sam Kiley who left Sky News in January to join CNN.Picture: Sky News Related Stories NBC owner Comcast puts in rival bid to take over Sky worth £22bn Former Sky News presenter Jeremy Thompson: The hacking scandal and Leveson spread a big wet blanket over newsrooms across the country Sky … [Read more...] about Sky News appoints Times defence editor Deborah Haynes as new foreign affairs editor
Sky News has appointed Associated Press’ Caro Kriel as its new head of international news. Kriel is currently Europe news director at the news agency and has some 20 years’ experience in foreign news reporting. After starting her career in her native South Africa, Kriel spent six years as head of international video at AP and two years as its Russian news director – securing the agency’s first ever interview with President Vladimir Putin.She said: “I have long admired Sky News’ bold and brave coverage of the biggest stories in the world and am excited to join its award-winning foreign news team.”Kriel replaces Dan Williams who is now head of politics at Sky News following Esme Wren’s departure to edit BBC’s Newsnight. Jonathan Levy, Sky News’ director of newsgathering and operations, said: “We’re delighted that Caro is joining Sky News.“She’s steeped in visual story-telling and will bring to … [Read more...] about AP’s Caro Kriel joining Sky News as head of international news