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Broadcasting Board of Governors - Wikipedia
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is an independent agency of the United States government.[1] According to its website, its mission is to "inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy."[2] The BBG supervised Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio y Television Marti, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks.[3]
The board of the BBG was eliminated and replaced with a single appointed chief executive officer as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which was passed in December 2016.[4][5][6]
broadcasting  journalism  radio  information_economy  fake_news 
7 days ago by gwijthoff
Blog | HumanProgress.org
The admiration of young people for communist leaders is slightly down from last year, according to the annual report on U.S. attitudes toward socialism, which was released by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Joseph Stalin saw the greatest fall in popularity, from 12 percent of millennials reporting a favorable impression of him down to 6 percent. However, a horrifying 23 percent of Americans between ages 21 and 29 believe that Stalin was a “hero.” Also, 32 percent of millennials hold a favorable view of Karl Marx, slightly down from 34 percent last year.
This drop in popularity is comforting, but only slightly. Chances are you have friends who still idealize socialism, communism, and the men who enforced these ideologies with an iron hand. But what they probably don’t realize is the awful truth about these utopian visions of a better world. Let’s quickly walk through some of the history they ought to consider.
russia  propaganda  fake_news  gen_y 
12 days ago by rgl7194
#Election2016: Propaganda-lytics & Weaponized Shadow Trackers
Oh, here it is. Finally, one of my fears has actually totally happened. The web tracking industry was involved in the spreading of fake news and manipulation in the 2016 election. It wasn't just confined to the spheres of Facebook and Twitter, people susceptible to this propaganda were identified all over the web and targeted with fake news. This isn't quite how I ever envisioned it, I thought the threat would come more from within, not be used by Russia against us. But close enough. SHIT
advertising  tracking  surveillance  manipulation  fake_news  propaganda  election_2016  disinformation 
15 days ago by jcretan
What Is Project Veritas? The Right-Wing Organization Got Caught Planting A Fake Roy Moore Story
A woman who falsely claimed to have been impregnated by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore appears to have been part of a conservative scheme to discredit the media, the Washington Post reported Monday. The woman, Jaime Phillips, reportedly approached the Post claiming Moore had sex with her when she was 15, which would have been statutory rape.
The newspaper didn't publish her accusations due to concerns about their accuracy. Not long after meeting with her, Post reporters saw Phillips entering the offices of Project Veritas, a conservative organization that uses undercover cameras in an attempt to obtain incriminating information on progressive organizations.
politics  gov2.0  fake_news  news  media  factcheck 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Washington Post catches ‘Project Veritas’ undercover sting meant to discredit Roy Moore reporting – TheBlaze
The Washington Post says that it caught a “Project Veritas” undercover video sting operation that was meant to discredit the newspaper’s reports on Roy Moore by feeding them a false story about the GOP candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat.
What is the Washington Post reporting?
The Post reports that a woman came to their offices and said that Roy Moore impregnated her when she was a teenager.
“In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15,” they reported. “During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.”
They confronted her about inconsistencies in her story, and did not publish the story that would have almost certainly damaged Moore. When they saw that she was entering the New York offices of “Project Veritas,” they concluded that she was a part of a sting operation in a “scheme to deceive and embarrass” the news outlet.
politics  gov2.0  fake_news  news  media  factcheck 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Washington Post says it spurned offer of false story about Roy Moore
A woman with ties to a right-wing activist group falsely claimed to The Washington Post that she had conceived a child with Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, when she was 15, the newspaper reported Monday afternoon.
The woman, identified by the paper as Jaime T. Phillips, claimed in recent interviews with reporters that she had an abortion after having sex with Moore in 1992. But The Post said that it had discovered inconsistencies in her account and evidence that the woman concocted the sensational claim to try to dupe reporters and coax them into discussing the political impact her story could have on Moore.
A reporter with The Post confronted the woman about the holes in her story on Wednesday, and then Post journalists saw her on Monday morning entering the offices of Project Veritas, a conservative group that films undercover videos. The organization, led by the activist James O. Keefe, has recently targeted journalists, trying to goad them into revealing biases or unethical schemes to discredit the news media.
“The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap,” Martin Baron, the executive editor at The Post, was quoted as saying. “Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled.”
politics  gov2.0  fake_news  news  factcheck  media 
17 days ago by rgl7194
A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation. - The Washington Post
A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.
In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.
The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.
factcheck  fake_news  gov2.0  media  news  politics 
17 days ago by rgl7194
The Washington Post turns the tables on Project Veritas - The Washington Post
Last time we checked in with James O’Keefe, the undercover video provocateur with Project Veritas, he was pursuing Nicholas Dudich. Everyone knows Dudich, of course: He’s an “audience strategy editor” for the New York Times. Hounded by one of Project Veritas’s undercover types, Dudich had quite a bit to say: “I will be ‘objective.’ No, I’m not. That’s why I’m there,” said Dudich.
Moments like this filled O’Keefe with confidence: “We continue our ‘American Pravda’ investigation with a tale that’s so bizarre, a tale of deceit, a tale of political bias inside the newsroom at the New York Times,” said O’Keefe.
The media-obsessed O’Keefe appeared a touch less cocksure in a video posted on Monday afternoon by The Post. “I am not doing an interview right now, so I’m not going to say a word,” O’Keefe told The Post’s Aaron Davis.
factcheck  fake_news  gov2.0  media  news  politics 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Venezuela and Russia Teamed Up to Push Pro-Catalan Fake News
97% of posts about Catalonia were Russian trolls/bots, and some of the stuff written by RT was straight up fake. Assange got involved.
social_media  disinformation  propaganda  fake_news  Russia  Spain  Catalonia 
19 days ago by jcretan
Facebook To Let Users See If They Followed Russian ‘Troll Farm’ Pages
Facebook says it is creating a portal enabling users to learn whether they liked or followed pages or accounts linked to a shadowy Russian company that U.S. officials accuse of trying to influence last year’s presidential election with socially divisive posts.
The November 22 announcement by the California-based technology giant comes amid ongoing investigations into what U.S. intelligence calls a Russian hacking and influence campaign aimed at meddling in the election, an allegation Moscow denies.
The company previously estimated that posts linked to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which former employees and media reports have identified as a “troll farm” with ties to the Russian government, could have reached as many as 126 million people on Facebook over a two-year period and another 20 million on Instagram.
U.S. lawmakers earlier this month released a batch of Facebook ads they say were purchased by the company in a surreptitious effort to stir up emotions on sensitive social issues like gun control, race relations, immigration, and religion.
Facebook said in its statement that the new tool will allow users to learn “which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017.”
“It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election,” it said, adding that the tool would be available by the end of the year.
U.S. lawmakers late last month lashed out at executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google over what they called a failure to prevent abuses of their networks by Russian operatives during the presidential campaign.
Skeptics of the potential impact the ads had on the election have noted that the estimated $46,000 worth of Facebook advertisements purchased by the Internet Research Agency was dwarfed by the tens of millions of dollars in Facebook ads bought by the Trump campaign and that of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
facebook  russia  troll  propaganda  fake_news 
21 days ago by rgl7194
How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media - The New York Times
Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney’s Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying. There were multiple shooters in the hotel, not just one. The sheriff was covering for casino owners to preserve their business.
The political rumors sprouted soon after, like digital weeds. The killer was anti-Trump, an “antifa” activist, said some; others made the opposite claim, that he was an alt-right terrorist. The two unsupported narratives ran into the usual stream of chatter, news and selfies.
“This stuff was coming in from all over my network of 300 to 400” friends and followers, said Mr. McKinney, 52, of Suffolk, Va., and some posts were from his inner circle.
social_media  news  fake_news  factcheck  nytimes 
24 days ago by rgl7194
How does fiction become fact? With a little help from social media. | iMore
From the false reports during the Las Vegas shooting to fake Russian Facebook accounts during the election, people have started to wonder if social media is blurring the line between fact and fiction...
Whenever there's a major event that happens on this lovely planet we call Earth, whether it be the latest mass shooting, an intense political election, an act of war, or a heartwarming story of a family being reunited after a natural disaster, the one common factor these events have is that they're being talked about and picked apart on social media.
Social media is a great tool for instantly absorbing news, and people know this: if you were online after the Las Vegas shooting that happened recently, then you were bombarded on all platforms from Twitter to Instagram to Facebook and everything in between with messages, comments, videos, pictures, and, potentially, a whole 'lot of lies.
Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying. There were multiple shooters in the hotel, not just one. The sheriff was covering for casino owners to preserve their business… But he knew there was only one shooter; a handgun instructor and defense contractor, he had been listening to the police scanner in Las Vegas with an app. "I jumped online and tried to counter some of this nonsense," he said. (How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media, New York Times)
social_media  news  fake_news  factcheck 
24 days ago by rgl7194

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