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.
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have board drama at Tesla! I live. I’m going to read some tea leaves, because James Murdoch very rarely speaks on the record. Last week, The New York Times indicated that “some directors” thought Murdoch might do a really good job as the new chairman of the Tesla board, now that Elon Musk is being forced by SEC settlement to step down. I’d bet $420 that James Murdoch is among the directors who think James Murdoch is the front-runner, based on one sentence, which has one very likely source: “But Mr. Murdoch hasn’t volunteered for the post nor has he discussed it with any other director.” Here’s the tea leaf part: Only Murdoch knows whether he’s had that discussion or not. Even a confidante or assistant couldn’t categorically speak to all of his conversations; you’d need a clause that says “to the best of the source’s knowledge.” It’s possible that NYT talked to all the … [Read more...] about If James Murdoch is the new Tesla chairman, that’s bad news for Elon Musk
Updated 6:43 am PDT, Thursday, August 23, 2018 Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. less Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul ... more Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul … [Read more...] about GoBlueDressGo: Sprinting intern competes to break news
January 6, 2017 - Written By John Anon Congrats to Gary Hicks the Winner of Our Mate 9 Contest! Stay Tuned for more contest from Android Headlines! Jet.com has teamed up with us to provide you with the chance of winning a free Huawei Mate 9 smartphone. This is one of the latest smartphones from Huawei and one which only became available to buy in the US this week. This is a smartphone that would normally cost you $599.99 to buy. However, thanks to Jet.com and Android Headlines, one lucky winner will get the Huawei Mate 9 for free. This particular giveaway is only open to residents of the United States unlike our past giveaways.If you have yet to shop with Jet.com, then there has never been a better time to do so. Unlike most sites, Jet.com offers a wealth of different categories to shop from including electronic products, groceries, pet supplies, furniture, toys and much much more. So it is one of the true one-stop shops on the internet. Couple that with the fact that all orders over … [Read more...] about Winner Announced: Huawei Mate 9 Giveaway With Jet.com & Android Headlines – USA Only!
We have been hearing rumors for a while about Facebook working on a new app called "Paper", which was rumored to be something of a news reader similar to Flipboard or Instapaper. Instead, Paper has turned out to basically be a Facebook app that just doesn't look or feel anything like Facebook, which actually could be one of the best ideas ever. Facebook's new Paper app is an incredibly strange experience for a number of reasons. First of all, it is beautifully designed, which is something that might not have ever been said about a Facebook app in the history of the company. The other very strange thing about the app is that it is very much inspired by newspapers, which is a fact that has its pros and its cons.The first thing that you need to understand about Paper is that while it may have ulterior motives in its design (read: ads will be coming), it is essentially a full-featured Facebook app. It could easily be used as a replacement for your current official Facebook app if you … [Read more...] about Paper is a beautiful way to get the news Facebook wants you to see