US accuses Russia of huge coronavirus disinformation campaign

‘By spreading disinformation about coronavirus, Russian malign actors are once again choosing to threaten public safety by distracting from the global health response,’ say officials Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/united-states-russia-coronavirus-disinformation-campaign-a9352646.html Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this story and shared it with you. The Article Was Written/Published By: Kate Ng

Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and more

Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process. Now the publisher will bring that expertise to the fight against misinformation on Facebook. Today it launches the new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog, announcing that it will become one of the third-party partners tasked with […]

The New Deal was partly motivated by a desire to kill the fake news epidemic of the Gilded Age

100 years ago, wealthy people bought up newspapers as fast as they could, then used them to smear progressive reformers, inventing lies (“Congressmen don’t pay taxes!”) to discredit the entire project of dismantling American oligarchy. The reformers railed against “absentee owners” — distant media tycoons who didn’t care if the fake news their papers printed […]

Chief Justice John Roberts warns about dangers of fake news

Chief Justice John Roberts — who’s on the verge of an extraordinarily high-profile balancing act presiding over the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump — issued a warning on Tuesday about the dangers of misinformation in the internet era. “In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand […]

Twitter, Facebook remove hundreds of fake pro-Trump accounts and pages

A network of false accounts and pages spreading pro-Donald Trump rhetoric to more than 55 million people were removed by Facebook and Twitter on Friday, The Verge reported, making the internet just slightly more genuine than it was on Thursday. Facebook detailed its actions in a blog post, noting that it removed 610 Facebook accounts, […]

Welp, There’s at Least One Thing That Bing Does Better Than Google—Disinformation

The Bing search engine—which is still around ten years after Microsoft created it, despite having only five percent market share—gets a lot of flak for not being as useful as Google’s search engine. But a recent study found that it’s actually even worse at delivering information than was previously known. Read more… Source: https://gizmodo.com/welp-there-s-at-least-one-thing-that-bing-does-better-1840557467 Droolin’ […]

Trump impeachment hearing: Pro-Trump Infowars host who called for Obama to be lynched thrown out of inquiry

Host has pushed debunked conspiracy theories to smear Democrats Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-impeachment-hearing-protester-infowars-obama-lynching-a9239186.html Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this story and shared it with you. The Article Was Written/Published By: Clark Mindock

Fake news can help you kill the world in ‘Plague Inc.’

Strategy game Plague Inc. has been around for ages, but its makers are still working on ways to keep it relevant and interesting. The game, which sees players do their best to wipe out the world with infectious disease, was given an anti-vaxxer scena… Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/12/05/plague-inc-fake-news-weapon-full-fact/ Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with […]

LBJ killed JFK, the Queen’s secret lover & Julia Roberts’ divorce, in this week’s highly dubious tabloids

This week’s fact-challenged tabloids gleefully throw that concept out the window, however. “Robert Blake Confession Shocker!” declares a headline in the ‘National Enquirer,’ under the page heading “NEWS,” just in case you weren’t sure, which would be perfectly understandable. The ‘In Cold Blood’ actor, acquitted of killing his wife in 2005 but subsequently found guilty […]