Trending on Facebook News tonight is a story that Russian actors paid $100,000 to sponsor divisive political content in the United States in the weeks and months leading up to the 2016 Presidential election. However, considering that this topic has already been extensively covered dating as far back to November 2016, why is this suddenly “breaking” again today?
Earlier this week, 4 of the countries largest tech entities announced a joint venture to ultimately crackdown upon the spread of terrorism through their networks. However, considering that the Islamic State has been known to utilize these services for years in the past, what is suddenly spurning these companies into action in June of 2017? Hint, a recent lawsuit against Google might have something to do with it.
Since May 24th, at least 63 websites or web services have been blocked by the Egyptian Government, including 40 different news agencies. President Sisi maintains he is doing this to crackdown on terrorism and the spread of political misinformation. Human Rights groups warn that Egypt is erasing years of progress and the country is headed back towards the “dark days” of Government censorship once experienced under Hosni Mubarak not so long ago.
What separates an act of espionage from good investigative journalism? Why is it legal to publish leaked information, even if the leaked information was obtained as the result of a criminal act? Earlier this week, in an exchange with Senator Ben Sasse, James Comey explained the FBI’s stance on this whole matter.
If it wasn’t obvious by now, Alt_Medi4 has absolutely nothing to do with the alt-right, it is just an unfortunate coincidence. Regardless, last year they were on top of the world, this year they have been fired, forced to resign or find themselves in court for the very work which once made them internet superstars. Chronicling the fall of 4 of the alt-rights most prominent leaders in 2017
In back to back days, two of the Internets leading distributors of news have debuted new features and tools to help educate their users and ultimately crack down on the spread of fake stories in the every day news cycle. Here is what each of these companies had to say about the problem, as well as some additional information about their new services.
Yesterday, Senator Mark Warner and Senator Richard Burr gave a press briefing about the US Senate Intelligence Committees investigation into Russian interference in the US election of 2016. This topic has been covered ad nauseam already, so for the purposes of this article I want to focus on their dialogue surrounding fake news and how this may or may not have influenced voters in the months leading up to the election of 2016.
Members of Fox’s marketing staff had to issue a public apology this weekend after it was revealed the company operated multiple fake news/click-bait pages in order to sell ad space. While this is not getting much coverage it does speaks to a very large problem. This article explains how fake news producers are funded, how the industry operates and why it has grown so large through social media.
They are on the news almost every night and everyone has heard of them, but it is surprising how little people actually know about the group. What are the IS, ISIS, ISIL and Daesh – what’s the difference and what do they all mean?
For better or worse, the Trump Presidency is already having massive impacts on the field of Journalism and the way people read/write “the news.” By cutting out the middle-man and offering information directly the the citizens, Trump has revolutionized information sharing in terms of the US Government. Here is how this positively effects small time publishers such as myself.
From the perspective of a small time publisher just entering into the market, what does Google and Facebook’s recent crackdown on “fake news” and “alternative media” mean for the future of small, independent publishers?
Donald Trump has said he intends to place “restrictions on the internet” and “open up libel laws” in regards to digital publishing. While many people complain about the news in general today, will censoring or restricting information in the future create a scenario much worse then we experience today?