Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation

Enlarge / Visualization of the spread through social media of an article falsely claiming 3 million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. (credit: Filippo Menczer) Shortly after the 2016 election, newly elected President Donald Trump—peeved at losing the popular vote to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton—falsely claimed he would have won the popular vote […]

Already facing an uphill misinformation fight, Facebook loses to scammers, too

Enlarge / A partial screenshot of one of the scam profiles pushing an adult dating scam on Facebook. Responding to critics in the US Congress and elsewhere who say Facebook isn’t doing enough to stop the flow of disinformation, the social network in recent days has purged hundreds of accounts it found were designed to […]

Facebook’s security chief to depart role over handling of misinformation [Updated]

Enlarge / Facebook CSO Alex Stamos speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin in 2015. (credit: Web Summit via Creative Commons) Update: Facebook CSO Alex Stamos tweeted the following on Monday evening in the wake of The New York Times report: Despite the rumors, I’m still fully engaged with my work at Facebook. It’s true […]

YouTube CEO talks misinformation, creators and comments at SXSW

YouTube’s presence at SXSW 2018 extended beyond its Story HQ, a space where it turned ads into videos that feel more like art. The company’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki, was part of a panel at the event titled “Navigating the Video Revolution in the Digital Age.” There, she talked about a wide range of topics, including […]

Fake news spreads 6 times faster on Twitter than the truth, according to a major study on misinformation (TWTR)

Scott Olson/Getty A major MIT study on fake news found misinformation spreads much faster and further than the truth on Twitter. The researchers suggested that people feel a stronger sense of surprise and disgust at fake news, which makes them more likely to share it. The findings make depressing reading as politicians around the world […]

Tesla: Racial harassment lawsuit is a ‘hotbed of misinformation’

Tonight Tesla responded to a report of another lawsuit where a former worker, Marcus Vaughn, said he suffered from racial harassment at the company’s Fremont, CA assembly line. In a blog post titled “Hotbed of Misinformation,” Tesla calls its response (firing three people who worked on or near his team) a “fair and just response […]

Thousands Of Science Teachers Are Getting Packages In The Mail With Misinformation About Climate Change

Teachers nationwide are being targeted in a campaign to spread bogus information about climate change, four US senators warned the secretary of education in a letter sent on Wednesday and shared with BuzzFeed News. Packages holding a cover letter, a 135-page book, and an 11-minute DVD, all falsely claiming that there is no scientific consensus […]

Man-Made Misinformation

BuzzFeed News / Getty Images On May 30th, Empty Lighthouse Magazine published an article with an alarming headline: “Why Did Trump Get Millions Of Twitter Bots To Follow Him This Week?” The story, which was picked up by dozens of publications including Newsweek and Perez Hilton claimed that the President’s personal account gained 5 million […]