Mozilla joins the fight against fake news

Mozilla, the creator of a popular web browser, Firefox, has decided it is time to tackle fake news. On August 8, 2017 the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, which believes the Internet must always remain a global public resource that is open…

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Facebook’s new fact-checking system is having no effect on fake news

Recent efforts by Facebook to stop the proliferation of fake news is having no effect according to a respected fact-checking organisation. “Fake news is flying thick and fast,” said Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of Snopes, a highly respected fact-checking site…

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“Google and Facebook will fall if their advertising dominance continues”

Google and Facebook’s dominance may destroy tradition news media, but the pair’s dominance will just as likely take them down also says media commentator, Rick Waghorn. Plus the former newspaper journalist and founder of the Adiply advertising platform believes the…

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Journalism is reaching crisis point and “clickable outrageous lies” are winning

A prominent Australian academic believes the fresh culling of journalist jobs across the country will put the industry in crisis and give rise to more ‘fake news factories’. Margaret Simons, a prominent Melbourne academic and Director of the Centre for…

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PA finds Facebook still earning from fake news

A recent investigation has revealed that Facebook is still earning money on the back of hoax content despite its promise to crack down on fake news. The Press Association revealed that dodgy adverts and posts about celebrities such as Professor…

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Press gazette launches Facebook Google duopoly campaign

A British publication for the journalism industry has launched a campaign to expose the duopoly of Facebook and Google, and stop the two destroying the UK journalism industry. Press Gazette, a publication that has focused on journalism issues for over…

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Facebook plans fake news education but experts are sceptical

Facebook says advice on how to spot fake news will solve the problem of its users being fooled by the phenomenon. The social media giant will target users with an advertising campaign over several days linking to an article in…

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Spotting fake news should be taught in school

The education director of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Andreas Schleicher believes schools need to help make students capable of handling the onslaught of fake news. Mr Schleicher believes this is a “global competency” and wants teenagers…

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Identifying untrustworthy news sites

A public document posted by an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College in Massachusetts has been described as a great source of help for identifying news sites that should not be trusted. “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical…

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World Wide Web inventor calls for fake news fight

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the man behind the success of the internet, has celebrated the web’s 28th birthday by calling on internet giants such as Google and Facebook to lead the fight against fake news. He said that targeted content and…

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A bill to oppose fake news

In the US House of Representatives a Democrat resolution aimed at combatting fake news and alternative facts has been introduced. Resolution 191, Opposing fake news and alternative facts lauds the First Amendment’s part in assuring freedom of speech and press freedom and…

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News: Fake news is now the subject of a US university class

A Michigan news outlet has reported the University of Michigan will soon offer a course intended to help students develop better critical evaluation skills of news items. The MLive Media Group reported: “The University of Michigan Library has partnered with…

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Not everything went well for Facebook in 2016

Technology journalist, Olivia Solon, thinks 2016 might be the year of big regrets for the technology giant, Facebook. The year may have started well for founder, Mark Zuckerberg but it quickly went downhill, and then culminated in the social network…

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