“One of Alabama’s U.S. Senate candidates is a MONSTER,” a recent Facebook video
This wasn’t from a political group or a page pushing misinformation — it was produced and published by Reckon by AL.com
, a Facebook page from Alabama Media Group (publisher of AL.com and the state’s three largest newspapers) that focuses on fostering “tough conversations” among local followers. These take the form of explainers, Hearken-solicited reader questions, a little breaking news, and satire, like this clip. (Think Vox
on the Chattahoochee
You see, the thing that makes a candidate a “MONSTER” in Alabama is…being a Democrat. “The other guy would have to be some kind of a Class A creep to be worse than a Democrat in Alabama, right?” Ian Hoppe
, the video’s host and AMG’s managing producer of news video, deadpans.
In the swirl of the Roy Moore saga, in
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has been a regular target for MSNBC’s Ari Melber
. In October, The Beat
host took on the Facebook creator for using hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as a prop
to promote a new app. Then on Nov. 1, Melber called out Zuckerberg for ducking Congressional hearings
on how Facebook was used by the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election.
Wednesday night, Melber blasted Zuckerberg once more. His charge this time? Facebook isn’t concerned about posting fake news. It is only concerned with the traffic.
“Facebook doesn’t just want to you connect,” Melber said. “It wants to you crave those connections. It stokes just about anything that meets that profitable craving. As a platform, they don’t care if news is real or propaganda from Russia as long as you keep clicking.”
host went on to turn the focus specifically on Zuckerberg.
“[T]he question for Mark Continue reading "Ari Melber Hits Zuckerberg: Facebook Doesn’t Care if it Posts Propaganda ‘As Long As You Keep Clicking’"
Part of a group of Knight grants announced last week
: The Data & Society Research Institute is getting $250,000
to launch the Disinformation Action Lab, which will “use research to explore issues such as: how fake news narratives propagate; how to detect coordinated social media campaigns; and how to limit adversaries who are deliberately spreading misinformation. To understand where online manipulation is headed, it will analyze the technology and tactics being used by players at the international and domestic level.” It continues the work of Data & Society’s Media Manipulation initiative (one of whose reports I covered here
The details of the Disinformation Action Lab — including who will be hired to lead it — are still being worked out, said Sam Hinds García
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Will readers trust the news more if they have more information about who’s behind it?
It’s worth a try. Thursday marks the launch of The Trust Project
, an initiative three years in the making
(but feeling oh-so-relevant right about now) that brings together news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, and the Globe and Mail, as well as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Bing, in a commitment to “provide clarity on the [news organizations’] ethics and other standards, the journalists’ backgrounds, and how they do their work.” The project will standardize this method of increased clarity so that news organizations, large and small, around the world can use it, and so that the algorithms of the tech giants can find and incorporate it.
“The public can look at this and say, ‘okay, I know more about what’s behind this organization’,” said Sally Lehrman
, senior director of Continue reading "The Trust Project brings news orgs and tech giants together to tag and surface high-quality news"