An exodus of young people from Facebook has seen fake news spread to Generation Z through memes on Instagram, a leading journalism academic has said.Nic Newman, a senior research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and former world editor of the BBC News website, said many young people had switched from Facebook.Fake news is now spreading to young people through “memes and visual storytelling” on Instagram, he told a conference on Tuesday.Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is mainly used for sharing photos and has not traditionally been a major source of news for social media users.But genuine news and fake news are making their way on to the platform, Mr Newman said. The Reuters Institute’s annual Digital News Report assesses the state of online news access across the world.This year’s findings will show a continuing trend in the popularity of Instagram.“Facebook themselves have been showing people less news, and less … [Read more...] about Fake news ‘spreading to young people through Instagram memes’
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Myth-busting operatives in Facebook’s misinformation “war room” should be monitoring harmful public health messages as well as fake news, a leading vaccine expert has said. Large measles outbreaks in Europe and the United States have put the issue of vaccine hesitancy at the top of the agenda, with growing concern over the role that “anti-vaxxers” play on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Facebook has said that it is “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem”. In an interview with The Telegraph, Dr Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, an organisation that provides vaccines to the world’s poorest countries, said that distrust of vaccines was a growing problem, with social media amplifying and spreading anti-vaccine messages “at the speed of light”. He highlighted Facebook’s much vaunted “war room”, a new facility at the company's California headquarters where up to 40 … [Read more...] about Facebook fake news ‘war room’ should target anti-vaxxers
The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified passengers. It turns out the video is totally bunk, spliced together from a computer-generated clip and unrelated real news footage. But that didn't stop the Facebook post from arriving in my News Feed via a friend last month. I watched it. Maybe you did, too: It has nearly 14 million views. Everyone now knows the web is filled with lies. So then how do fake Facebook posts, YouTube videos and tweets keep making suckers of us?To find out, I conducted a forensic investigation of the fake that fooled my social network. I found the original creator of that CG plane clip. I spoke to the Facebook executive charged with curbing misinformation. And I confronted my friend who shared it.The motives for a crazy plane report may be different from posts misdirecting American voters or fueling genocide in Myanmar. Yet some of the … [Read more...] about Essay: I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too.
Facebook's prolonged struggle to nullify the spread of misleading information on its platform took a bold step on Thursday, when the company scrubbed over 800 pages for promoting what it calls "inauthentic behavior." The social network's reputation for fake news blew up during the 2016 presidential election, when it was overrun with political spam deployed in large part by Russian trolls and foreign profiteers. But the company's newest efforts indicate that the Russian boogeyman has given way to something far thornier: fake news of a homegrown variety. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Facebook's purge affected hundreds of political accounts, many of which amassed millions of followers through publishing partisan and sometimes overtly false content. Liberal and conservative pages alike were wiped, because, as they company says, they used clickbait to drive traffic and sell ads. As the company wrote:Today, we’re removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Fake News Problem Isn’t Russian Anymore—It’s Homegrown
JAIPUR, India (Reuters) - On a hot morning in India’s tourist mecca of Jaipur, an open truck painted in the signature lime-green colors of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service pulls into a dusty lane, where five men spill out and begin to perform a skit. WhatsApp-Reliance Jio representatives perform in a street play during a drive by the two companies to educate users, on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri The event is part of a major grassroots effort by WhatsApp to battle fake news, which has triggered numerous lynchings in a country where 200 million people use the service, more than anywhere else in the world. The actors soon draw a crowd as the play unveils how spreading misinformation online can stir up mob violence, especially in the countryside, where caste and religious prejudices run deep. “Our society is better than theirs and that’s why you should hate them,” says one, citing one example … [Read more...] about WhatsApp hits the road with skits to stamp out fake news in India