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Fake ‘cures’ for coronavirus are spreading on Facebook

February 1st, 2020

All around the world, health officials are scrambling to come up with solutions to the coronavirus. The outbreak popped up in China weeks ago, and thus far it’s infected nearly 10,000 people and has been blamed for over 200 deaths. It’s a major news story, and if there’s one place on the internet where news …

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Facebook just pulled more fake news pages linked to Iran and Russia

August 22nd, 2018

Facebook on Thursday revealed that it has taken down more pages linked to Iran and Russia “for coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.” Most of the examples Facebook offers originate from Iran, but some campaigns come from Russian actors. However, these were distinct campaigns, and while it’s easy to associate Iran with Russia, Facebook …

Google Fake News initiative

Google is spending $300 million to fight fake news

March 20th, 2018

Google announced today a sweeping new global initiative to fight fake news and help legitimate news organizations grow their business. At an event in New York City, the company’s Chief Business Officer Phillipp Schindler announced the News Initiative, a program that will draw together its various journalism-related endeavors under one banner. According to Schindler, the …

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Facebook begins blocking ads from pages that share fake news

August 29th, 2017

Facebook was slow on the uptake when it came to combating fake news, but the prevention efforts are now in full swing as the company on Monday announced that it will now block pages from advertising on Facebook if they are found to repeatedly share stories that have been marked as false.

Facebook and Google reveal how they plan to fight fake news

April 9th, 2017

Facebook and Google have had a significant role in the spread of fake news, facing plenty of criticism last year after the US presidential election since fake news is believed to have had a huge impact on the result. Neither Facebook nor Google actively contributed to disseminating fake news. Seemingly motivated by financial or political gain, some …

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Uh, Google has some interesting thoughts on Obama plotting a coup

March 6th, 2017

As the debate surrounding the prevalence, scope and impact of fake news continues to rage on unabated, the latest tech company being accused of passively enabling misinformation to spread far and wide is Google. In a fascinating post over at The Outline, Adrianne Jeffries explains how the answer boxes provided by Google Search (also known as Featured …

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You can make a fortune off of fake news sites, too

February 16th, 2017

Donald Trump will probably never admit that fake news may have helped him win the presidency, but he’s already shown us that he plans to label any criticism in the media as fake news. Or, rather, as FAKE NEWS. Truth be told, there’s no way to measure the impact of false news on the last presidential election. But …