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GoFundMe pulls antivaccine campaigns from platform - CNET  CNET · 1 day
The company says promoting misinformation violates its terms of service. more
GoFundMe pledges to remove anti-vax campaigns  THE VERGE · 1 day
GoFundMe is removing anti-vaxxers from its platform, according to an exclusive report by The Daily Beast. The company is currently conducting a review for... more
Instagram is facing a reckoning over misinformation  THE VERGE · 2 days
At the end of last year, as we made our predictions about what 2019 would bring for social networks, I raised the... more
Facebook's plan to protect the European elections comes up short  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Intentionally false news stories were shared more than 35m times during the 2016 US presidential election, with Facebook playing a significant role in their spread. Shortly after, the... more
New research targets anti-vaccination comments on Facebook  THE VERGE · 3 days
Anti-vaccination content on Facebook extends beyond the thoroughly debunked myth that vaccines cause autism, a new study reports. Instead, a team of... more
Google News Initiative launches new fact checking tools, supporting more subscription models  9to5Google · 3 days
The Google News Initiative launched in 2018 to tackle “fake news” and create products that support journalists and the broader industry. One year later,... more
WhatsApp tests in-app reverse image searches to prevent the spread of hoaxes  THE VERGE · 6 days
The WhatsApp team at Facebook is continuing to build features to help thwart fake news. WABetaInfo reports that a new beta version of WhatsApp... more
WhatsApp, Nasscom Partner to Educate People on Fake News Ahead of Lok Sabha Election 2019  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
WhatsApp and Nasscom Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks... more
WhatsApp, Nasscom Partner to Educate People on Fake News  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
WhatsApp and Nasscom Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp. more
Amazon removes books that promoted an autism 'cure'  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Amazon pulls some books from its website promoting autism "cures," the latest major company to try to limit the amount of misinformation related to autism and the bogus notion that it's caused... more
Russian bill aims to crack down on ‘fake news’ and disrespect to the government  Global News · 2 weeks
Russian lawmakers passed legislation last week that imposes restrictions on online media and criminalizes anyone who insults the state. more
Web creator discusses what went wrong  BBC · 2 weeks
Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he feels problems such as data breaches, hacking and misinformation can be tackled. more
Information literacy can combat 'fake news'  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
It's not difficult to verify whether a new piece of information is accurate; however, most people don't take that step before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a new study... more
WWWorries? Inventor of Web laments coming-of-age woes  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The Web's inventor knows his revolutionary innovation is coming of age, and doesn't always like what he sees: state-sponsored hacking, invasion of privacy, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation among the ills of its... more
Study: Information literacy can combat 'fake news'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
It's not difficult to verify whether a new piece of information is accurate; however, most people don't take that step before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a... more
No, Spotify and Amazon aren’t suing songwriters  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Musicians, producers and songwriters are rallying against Spotify and Amazon’s plans to “sue songwriters” over increased streaming royalties. But the outrage stems... more
WATCH: How Facebook is fighting anti-vaxxing propaganda  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The social media giant announced it is fighting anti-vaccine misinformation on all of its platforms. more
YouTube’s new info panels fact-check sensitive topics in video search  9to5Google · 2 weeks
Misinformation is all over the web, and YouTube is working to stop the spread. After announcing... more
YouTube Testing New 'Fact Checks' on 'Misinformation Prone Content' in India  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
YouTube will initially show the information panels in India for search queries in both English and Hindi. more
Facebook announces steps to tackle anti-vaccine groups, misinformation  Global News · 2 weeks
Facebook says it will take its cue from global health organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which have publicly identified verifiable vaccine... more
Facebook announces plan to 'tackle vaccine misinformation'  CBC · 2 weeks
In the midst of measles outbreaks and growing calls from health experts to stem the tide of misinformation about vaccines, Facebook announced... more
Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Facebook launched an offensive Thursday to suppress the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the 2.3-billion-member social network. more
Facebook steps up fight against vaccine misinformation  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Social media giant Facebook says it will remove groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations on its site more
Facebook will downrank anti-vax content on News Feed and hide it on Instagram  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
After indicating that it was exploring its options for fighting the potentially deadly rise of anti-vaccination content on its platform last month,... more
Facebook outlines plans to curb anti-vax conspiracy theories  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Under fire for serving up anti-vaccine propaganda, Facebook announced today that it will remove groups and pages that share anti-vaccine... more
Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network  BBC · 2 weeks
Facebook removes more than 130 "inauthentic" accounts, pages and groups operated from the UK. more
Facebook Asked to Do More to Curb Fake News Ahead of General Election: Report  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Facebook was told it wasn't doing enough to curb misinformation in India said the sources, who declined to be named... more
'Highly likely' GRU hacked UK institute countering Russian fake news  Sky News · 2 weeks
The National Crime Agency is leading an investigation into a suspected cyber attack on a British institute that seeks to counter Russian disinformation, Sky News can reveal. more
An Ohio teenager helped school Congress on fighting anti-vax misinformation  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year-old from Ohio who defied his parents’ anti-vaccination beliefs by getting inoculated, appeared... more
30 years later, Berners-Lee sees mission to fix internet's ills  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Worldwide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said Tuesday he is on a mission to fix the problems of online abuse, misinformation and data protection that were not envisioned when... more
Deepfake propaganda is not a real problem  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
We’ve spent the last year wringing our hands about a crisis that doesn’t exist Continue reading… more
China’s most popular app pushes Communist Party propaganda  Global News · 3 weeks
The app is called "Xuexi Qiangguo". First released in January this year, its name means 'Study to make China strong.' more
The mechanism for Arctic cold air outbreaks into Eurasia  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
It is a reliable occurrence now: every time we have a cold event here in the United States, two public conversations begin, both of which deploy the term "polar vortex."... more
How 'completely avoidable' measles cases continue to climb  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017, and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents... more
US reportedly took Russian trolls offline on Election Day in 2018 - CNET  CNET · 4 weeks
The reported goal was to stop misinformation from spreading as voters went to the polls. more
YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
YouTube will demonetize channels that promote anti-vaccination views, after a report by BuzzFeed News found ads, including from health companies, running before anti-vax videos. The platform will also place a new information panel that links to the Wikipedia entry on... more
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