.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... AlertMe ABUJA, Nigeria — In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish, yet widely believed, that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and been replaced by a Sudanese body double. “It’s (the) real me, I assure you,” President Muhammadu Buhari said late last year, to dispel the story that was viewed more than 500,000 times on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ADVERTISEMENTSkip Nigeria’s fake news can also be lethal. The stakes are high in Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s presidential vote marked by widespread discontent over unemployment, poverty and insecurity in some parts of the country. Officials warn that fake or outdated pictures depicting communal violence trigger retaliatory killings. Many were killed in reprisal killings … [Read more...] about Nigeria in battle against fake news ahead of elections
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A US journalist has demanded an apology from the Telegraph after it took down an article she had written in the face of a libel threat from Melania Trump, to whom the newspaper agreed to pay substantial damages. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek’s national politics correspondent, claims the “lurid” apology to the First Lady, published by the Daily Telegraph on 26 January, has made her an “international poster girl for ‘fake news’”. The Telegraph’s Saturday magazine on 19 January featured a cover story by Burleigh, headlined: “The mystery of Melania.”But, a week after publication, the newspaper removed the online article and published an apology saying it had “contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published”.Burleigh has now sent a legal letter to Telegraph Media Group, through lawyers McAllister Olivarius which claims the apology to Trump “traduces Ms Burleigh’s … [Read more...] about US journalist demands Telegraph apology over Melania Trump story retraction that made her ‘poster girl for fake news’
John Haltiwanger, provided by Published 11:47 am CST, Thursday, January 24, 2019 Jim Young/Reuters Ex-Trump aide Cliff Sims said Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway puts her "survival over all others, including the president" in a new tell-all book. The book, "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the White House," is set to be released on January 29. In the book, Sims portrayed Conway as a ruthlessly ambitious member of the Trump administration and said he witnessed her bad-mouthing her colleagues to the press behind their backs. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is like a "cartoon villain brought to life," according to ex-Trump aide Cliff Sims. In a new tell-all book, "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the White House," Sims portrayed Conway as perhaps the most ruthless member of an administration full of nakedly ambitious backstabbers. "As I watched Kellyanne in operation over our time in the White House, my view of her sharpened. It … [Read more...] about Kellyanne Conway bad-mouthed president to same outlets he calls ‘fake news,’ ex-Trump aide says in new book
opinion Brian Dickerson Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EST Jan 13, 2019 The scene is the digital news meeting that takes place at the Free Press every weekday morning, and if I were sitting at the conference table (instead of lurking furtively in the doorway, which is my preferred perch for this daily gathering of millennials), I would be the oldest person in the room. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Brian Manzullo, an editor roughly half my age, is describing a phony tweet, currently getting wide circulation on social media, in which some cyber-rapscallion pretending to be U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) says that any raping and pillaging the illegal immigrants who haunt President Donald Trump's nightmares may be perpetrating is only just deserts for the way the U.S. government has treated "my people" in the past. The fake (but incendiary) post's virulence prompts a debate that takes place more … [Read more...] about Meet the generation behind the fake news epidemic
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?