Researchers at Indiana University have developed a new tool that shows how fake news and unverified stories spread through social media. The search engine, dubbed Hoaxy, is the latest effort to combat the proliferation of fake news, which proliferated during the U.S. presidential campaign, with one bogus post-Election Day story sparking a real-life event when a gunman fired shots into a Washington, D.C., restaurant. "It is a very serious problem," said Filippo Menczer, the director of the university's Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, which launched Hoaxy. Misinformation and propaganda are not new, but Menczer said social media has added a new component because the information is pre-selected to be in line with people's own opinions. "Social media makes it more likely that I am more exposed to false information that I am likely to believe," he added. Hoaxy does not determine whether a story is real but it shows how it is spread online and shows related fact-checking. … [Read more...] about U.S. university launches tool to show how fake news spreads
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Next week: Can you spot fake news? The internet is one of the main ways informing people today of what is going on in their communities and around the world. However, the web is also saturated with misinformation, and it is difficult to determine what's genuine and what's just a fabrication. Following the US election, internet giants like Google and Facebook are trying to tighten quality control by clamping down on fake news. Do you think that you can spot fake news from genuine news? How do you catch the difference? Please email your responses to: [email protected], or fax them to (84-4) 39332311. Address letters to The Editor, Việt Nam News, 79 Lý Thường Kiệt Street, Hà Nội. Responses must be received by Thursday morning, November 24, 2016. … [Read more...] about Can you spot fake news?
WASHINGTON: Facebook on Thursday (Dec 15) unveiled a tool that allows users to report fake news, a move aimed at stemming a wave of misinformation some claim influenced the 2016 US election. "We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we're approaching this problem carefully," Facebook's vice president Adam Mosseri said in a blog post. "We've focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third-party organizations." Facebook said it would begin testing a system allowing users to click on a news item if they suspect it is fabrication. The social network said it would work with global fact-checking organisations subscribing to the Poynter Institute's International Fact Checking Code of Principles. "If the fact-checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding … [Read more...] about Facebook lets users click to report fake news
'You are fake news!' Trump told a reporter from CNN in a moment that reverberated on Twitter. In his first news conference since the November 8 election, President-elect Donald Trump set social media ablaze on Wednesday with remarks including harsh criticism of the press and a defense of his goal to improve ties with Russia. The session, held in the lobby of his Trump Tower headquarters in Manhattan, featured a number of viral moments, like an exchange with a reporter whom Trump accused of peddling "fake news." "I'm not going to give you a question," Trump told the journalist from CNN, which reported on Tuesday that the Republican president-elect had been briefed by U.S. intelligence agencies about allegations that Russian operatives had compromising information about him. "You are fake news!" he told the reporter in a moment that reverberated on Twitter. Trump's comment that reporters were "the only ones who care" about whether he released his tax returns stirred up 165,000 … [Read more...] about Trump news conference sets worldwide social media afire
Last week, Việt Nam News asked its readers if they could spot fake news from genuine news. Here are some of the responses: Cao Loan, a reader Today it seems that people can’t live without the Internet and we can’t deny its role in our lives, from updating news, shopping online to socialising with friends, etc. However, the boom of online magazines, newspapers, and journals has confused readers about the authenticity of news released from these sources. So how can you spot fake news when you read online? Here are some of my suggestions. First, choose prestigious websites to visit. These sites may be state-run or private but I think they are quite official and reliable sources. Second, be alert for images or videos released on the Internet because they may be unreal. Sometimes they are invented to hunt “likes” from the viewers. You can verify their authenticity by googling the names or the events mentioned. Often, hot or breaking news is delivered across … [Read more...] about The good and bad news of fake news