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Outwitting the junk news nation | Research | University of Oxford
What is junk news? How does it spread deep and fast, and why does it thrive on polarisation? Oxford is one of the few centres in the world right now working hard to understand the fine mechanics, algorithms and players who are gaming social media networks to promote emotionally potent, divisive political propaganda.
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8 hours ago by mreinbold
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Nie wiem skąd się wziął o tym, że podczas tego szczytu w Brukseli powrócono do zasady przymusowej relokac…
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yesterday by piotrwojcicki
Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities | Ars Technica
The Times wrote that the AG also subpoenaed Century Strategies, "a political consultancy founded by Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition,"
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yesterday by yorksranter
NYT on Reputation Systems: „The Fix for Fake News Isn't Code. It's Human.“
„Social media has weird testimonial norms.“

Regina Rini in the NYT about Reputation Systems (already implemented at FB for internal purposes) to fight Fake News. I'm with her on that, it's a simple, necessary development to hold people accountable for their publishing habbits.

Link: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/opinion/facebook-fake-news-philosophy.html">The Fix for Fake News Isn't Code. It's Human.</a>
Here’s a system that might help, and it is based on something that Facebook already does to prevent the spread of fake news. Currently, Facebook asks independent fact-checking organizations from across the political spectrum to identify false and misleading information. Whenever users try to post something that has been identified as fake news, they are confronted by a pop-up that explains the problems with the news and asks them to confirm if they’d like to continue. None of these users are prevented from posting stories whose facts are in dispute, but they are required to know that what they are sharing may be false or misleading.

Facebook has been openly using this system since December 2016. Less openly, they have also been keeping tabs on how often its users attempt to flag stories as fake news, and, using this feature, they have been calculating the epistemic reliability of their users. The Washington Post reported in August that Facebook secretly calculates scores that represent how often users’ flags align with the analysis of independent fact-checkers. Facebook only uses this data internally, to identify abuse of the flagging system, and does not release it to users. I can’t find out my own reputation score, or the scores of any of my friends. […]

Instead of using this data to calculate a secret score, Facebook should display a simple reliability marker on every post and comment. Imagine a little colored dot next to the user’s name, similar to the blue verification badges Facebook and Twitter give to trusted accounts: a green dot could indicate that the user hasn’t chosen to share much disputed news, a yellow dot could indicate that they do it sometimes, and a red dot could indicate that they do it often. These reliability markers would allow anyone to see at a glance how reliable their friends are.
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4 days ago by walt74
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V interesting reading stressing that even the best for spotting is quite useless…
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6 days ago by Surliminal
A new study provides some dispiriting evidence for why people fall for stupid fake images online » Nieman Journalism Lab
if you’re assessing the credibility of a possibly fake image online, you’re looking at stuff like the source, how many times it’s been shared, and what the image shows, right? Not so much, according to a new study out of UC Davis. Instead, what matters are digital media literacy skills, experience or skill in photography, and prior attitudes about the issue.
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6 days ago by reginajmc

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