News organizations such as Fox have come to expect that there will be independent fact-checkers at the ready to clean up any political misdirections that happen during the debate—and for good reason. Since 2014, the number of fact-checking institutions has grown from 44 worldwide to nearly 300, according to Duke Reporter’s Lab’s annual census. In the last year alone, North American fact-checking groups grew from 60 to 69. These groups provide a sort of living encyclopedia for every fictional narrative politicians and other public figures have tried to cement in the minds of Americans. While many Americans depend on these sites to navigate public discourse, there is a limit to how much fact-checkers can stop misinformation from seeping into the general public. … [Read more...] about Why fact-checking Trump’s lies won’t save our democracy
Shocking facts about social media
Even as Star India has managed to walk away with the honours at the IPL media rights auction (for all markets across media and digital platforms for the next five years) by coughing up a massive Rs 16,3478 crore not many noticed the huge amount US-based social media giant Facebook was willing to pay for Indian cricket matches: Rs 3,849 crore. … [Read more...] about Facebook bids for IPL’s streaming rights: Is Zuckerberg trying to tap the video streaming business?
Why it’s so hard to study the impact of violence on the internet It is incredibly difficult to study the impact of viewing a suicide online, but sociologists have tried to quantify the mental health impacts of social media by surveying users. For one study from last year, researchers interviewed a group of largely white female Instagram users between the ages of 18 and 29 about whether they came into contact with images or video of self-harm and how they reacted to it. They were asked if they found that content disturbing, among a list of other questions concerning their mental health and predisposition to suicidality. In the first wave, 1,262 people responded. Only 729 people of the same group responded to a second set of questions sent a month later. The researchers found that about 20% of those who saw images of self-harm sought them out. More telling, according to the researchers, was that over half of those who had seen these images had considered harming themselves in … [Read more...] about Researchers can’t even begin to assess the damage from viral suicide videos
Games like Go Viral could act almost like a booster shot. But while the game has the backing of the U.K. government, there are still far more resources for spreading fake news than there are for combating it—the former can be done completely unwittingly. This is the difficulty with creating a media-literate general populous that won’t fall for COVID-19 conspiracies, QAnon nonsense, or anti-vaccination propaganda. … [Read more...] about This game can stop people from falling for COVID-19 conspiracies
Twitter erupts over 'Shaktimaan' Mukesh Khanna’s #MeToo comment Future of fashion weeks: Digital and on-ground experiences collide in disruptive, democratic ways Aadyam: Corporate-driven theatre initiative battles Covid to keep the archlights on … [Read more...] about IPL 2020 grabs more eyeballs, per-match viewership sees 11% growth