Vox’s video about the Chechen leader accused of torturing gay people is being spammed with dislikes

In its first few hours online, Vox’s video on current leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov — under whose rule a vicious anti-gay pogrom has begun — performed like a usual Vox video on YouTube. The typical likes-to-dislikes ratio for a Vox video is 10:1, but between 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, the producer of the video Mac Schneider noticed the likes to dislikes ratio on the Ramzan Kadyrov video had tipped to 1:1 (as of noon on Friday, the video had 8,453 likes and 4,703 dislikes), Vox’s executive producer Joe Posner told me in an email explaining the timeline. Around this time, there was a spike in traffic to the video from Russia. Vox also received a privacy complaint via YouTube’s
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You can now get a few additional features on Nuzzel for $100 a year

Nuzzel — the tweet-link-aggregation app that a certain kind of information consumer finds useful as an alternative to staring with horror into Twitter’s gaping maw all day — is now happy to take your money. This week, the company launched Nuzzel Pro, a subscription service costing $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, that offers additional features. Right now, those features are a little thin — eliminating advertising (which the mobile app doesn’t currently have, but which is coming), allowing users to filter stories by keyword, and enabling a dark mode. Jonathan Abrams, Nuzzel’s founder and CEO, said additional Pro features would be added soon. Nuzzel’s core capabilities will remain free. Users connect their Twitter and Facebook accounts to Nuzzel and can follow the stories that the people they follow are sharing most. Nuzzel also lets users subscribe to or create their own newsletters or feeds of Continue reading "You can now get a few additional features on Nuzzel for $100 a year"

Want to stop a spreading fake news story? Choose one of these four points of attack to fight back

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

The four key elements of a successful fake news story.

1. Emotional appeal
2. Veneer of authority: Story traces itself back to a leak or statement or something that supposedly happened.
3. Effective insertion point into the online space.
4. An amplification network (like Twitter or Facebook)

A successful fake news story has these four traits, Ben Nimmo, information defense fellow at the international affairs think tank Atlantic Council, said Thursday. Outlets that want to debunk fake news need to consider which of these four elements of a fake story is “the weak link in the chain” and attack from there, Nimmo said. “Is it a case where, for example, you see this Continue reading "Want to stop a spreading fake news story? Choose one of these four points of attack to fight back"

Facebook will let publishers convert Instant Articles to Google AMP and Apple News formats

Facebook said Thursday that it’s making it easier for publishers to export stories formatted for Instant Articles to Google’s AMP and Apple News as well. The announcement comes as Facebook continues to try to woo publishers to the Instant Articles format; many have cooled on it, citing business pressures and technical restraints. Facebook’s software development kit now lets publishers export stories to the AMP format, Facebook partner engineering director Piyush Mangalick wrote in Facebook’s announcement. Support for Apple News will “be available in the coming weeks.” “The updated SDK transforms the markup publishers use to create Instant Articles to generate the code needed to build these other formats, removing what we’ve heard can be a resource-heavy step in publishing on multiple platforms,” Mangalick wrote. “With an easy way to get from one markup format to another, publishers can then plug-and-play the markup in their content management systems or Continue reading "Facebook will let publishers convert Instant Articles to Google AMP and Apple News formats"

With its Special Projects Desk, Univision is keeping Gawker’s spirit alive at Gizmodo Media Group

Reporters at ProPublica and Gizmodo Media Group didn’t hack the Mar-a-Lago wifi network, but they probably could have if they’d tried. Instead, last month, with antennas aimed at Trump properties in New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., the reporters just checked for vulnerabilities — which they found in great supply. As one researcher said in the story, the security situation was “bad, very bad.” The project wasn’t a one-off for Gizmodo Media Group. Earlier this month, the team targeted 15 people both inside and outside the Trump administration with an email and landing page designed to see how easily they would submit their Google credentials to real phishers. None were entirely fooled, but some, including Newt Gingrich and former FBI director James Comey, were convinced enough that they replied to the emails. Both projects are a product of the Gizmodo Media Group Special Projects Desk, an Continue reading "With its Special Projects Desk, Univision is keeping Gawker’s spirit alive at Gizmodo Media Group"

Americans don’t really like the media much — unless it’s their go-to news outlets you’re asking about

The president of the United States, both an avid consumer and a vicious antagonist of news, will in one breath vilify the (FAKE NEWS) media and in the next praise Fox for its ratings. The American people have a similarly uneven relationship with the news. Americans’ trust in media fell last fall to its lowest point since Gallup began polling on the issue in 1972, driven in large part by growing distrust from Republicans. But while a slim percentage of Americans regard “the news media” in abstract as trustworthy, when asked specifically about news outlets they consumed most often, more people had favorable views, according to a new study released Wednesday from the Media Insight Project (a collaboration between the American Press Institute and The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research). Just 17 percent of Americans said they found “the news media” in general to be “very accurate,” but asked
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The Times (of London) is expanding from digital to print (in Ireland)

The Times of London is expanding its Irish edition from digital into print, a move that bucks against a continued trend of declining daily print sales in the country and elsewhere. The Times launched its digital-only Ireland edition in September 2015 (after a failed legal challenge from the Irish Times to block News UK from using the name “The Times Irish Edition”). It has a substantial newsroom of around 30 reporters. Its new print edition will replace the international print version of The Times that’s currently available there; readers can pick up the first print copies June 3. News Ireland has not disclosed pricing for the print edition; the current digital edition costs new subscribers €1 for a 30-day trial, and then €5 a week thereafter. “We have built a loyal digital audience for the Ireland edition of The Times and we are now delighted to expand what we offer Continue reading "The Times (of London) is expanding from digital to print (in Ireland)"