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Month: November 2016

20%-40% of partisan FB “fake news” posts are false

20%-40% of partisan FB “fake news” posts are false

Our analysis of three hyperpartisan right-wing Facebook pages found that 38% of all posts were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false, compared to 19% of posts from three hyperpartisan left-wing pages that were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false. The right-wing pages are among the forces — perhaps as potent as the cable news shows that have gotten far more attention — that helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump. These pages,…

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20%-40% of partisan FB "fake news" posts are false

20%-40% of partisan FB "fake news" posts are false

Our analysis of three hyperpartisan right-wing Facebook pages found that 38% of all posts were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false, compared to 19% of posts from three hyperpartisan left-wing pages that were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false. The right-wing pages are among the forces — perhaps as potent as the cable news shows that have gotten far more attention — that helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump. These pages,…

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“Click Bait” “fake news” operation employs 11 writers

“Click Bait” “fake news” operation employs 11 writers

These fake news sites are apparently more profitable than “real news” web sites. One of the websites that ended up on a widely-shared list of “fake news” purveyors is run out of a house in Seattle. Source: Seattle’s own ‘click-bait’ news site serves up red meat for liberals And employs 11 writers and makes tons of money. As we have been saying, for profit, social media-based, emotionally laden publishing has been around a long time and crosses the full political…

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"Click Bait" "fake news" operation employs 11 writers

"Click Bait" "fake news" operation employs 11 writers

These fake news sites are apparently more profitable than “real news” web sites. One of the websites that ended up on a widely-shared list of “fake news” purveyors is run out of a house in Seattle. Source: Seattle’s own ‘click-bait’ news site serves up red meat for liberals And employs 11 writers and makes tons of money. As we have been saying, for profit, social media-based, emotionally laden publishing has been around a long time and crosses the full political…

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Fake Facebook News Sites to Avoid

Fake Facebook News Sites to Avoid

Yet another observation as to how to recognize emotion-targeting propaganda on Facebook. This observation comes from New York Magazine: If the story makes you REALLY ANGRY it’s probably a good idea to keep reading about the topic via other sources to make sure the story you read wasn’t purposefully trying to make you angry (with potentially misleading or false information) in order to generate shares and ad revenue. Source: Fake Facebook News Sites to Avoid Spot on!

Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news

Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news

The following analysis points to the high emotional content of posts on Facebook: These two factors – the way that anger can spread over Facebook’s social networks, and how those networks can make individuals’ political identity more central to who they are – likely explain Facebook users’ inaccurate beliefs more effectively than the so-called filter bubble. If this is true, then we have a serious challenge ahead of us. Facebook will likely be convinced to change its filtering algorithm to…

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Facebook's problem is more complicated than fake news

Facebook's problem is more complicated than fake news

The following analysis points to the high emotional content of posts on Facebook: These two factors – the way that anger can spread over Facebook’s social networks, and how those networks can make individuals’ political identity more central to who they are – likely explain Facebook users’ inaccurate beliefs more effectively than the so-called filter bubble. If this is true, then we have a serious challenge ahead of us. Facebook will likely be convinced to change its filtering algorithm to…

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NPR says Facebook’s global censorship operation is a disaster

NPR says Facebook’s global censorship operation is a disaster

Facebook employs thousands of contractors, mostly overseas, who are tasked with evaluating posts at the rate of one every ten seconds. At such a rate, the contractors make frequent errors in judgement. The Facebook chief has an army of subcontractors making editorial judgments about millions of pieces of content — like a media company. But the rules they operate by are complex and contradictory. Source: From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Facebook Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg : All…

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NPR says Facebook's global censorship operation is a disaster

NPR says Facebook's global censorship operation is a disaster

Facebook employs thousands of contractors, mostly overseas, who are tasked with evaluating posts at the rate of one every ten seconds. At such a rate, the contractors make frequent errors in judgement. The Facebook chief has an army of subcontractors making editorial judgments about millions of pieces of content — like a media company. But the rules they operate by are complex and contradictory. Source: From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Facebook Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg : All…

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Social media users tend to share news that confirms their beliefs, even if the news is false

Social media users tend to share news that confirms their beliefs, even if the news is false

If internet users are predisposed to believe false information that confirms their prejudices — and if they enthusiastically take part in spreading conspiracy theories — then falsehoods may be endemic to mass online communication platforms. This issue is more difficult for Facebook, whose algorithms rely heavily on a social signal that comes from what a user’s friends are sharing. If its users promote unreliable information — particularly if it is not easily categorised as “news” — it will spread rapidly….

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