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The Return of the Newspaper

Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US presidential election did not usher in a new era of social media, or spell the demise of the traditional press. …

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Ban the term 'fake news'

<b>(CNN) —</b> When we use the term "fake news" it is not only self-defeating, it oversimplifies a very complex problem.<p>A year ago, this wasn't the case. The term actually meant something. It described a particular type of website that used the same design templates as professional news websites but its …

Journalism

The growing tide of fake news in India

Social media has created a whirlpool of misinformation that continues to create unwelcome ripples across India.<p><b>New Delhi, India -</b> It was early March, 2014, and India was buzzing with activities that often precede a parliamentary election of this magnitude, in the world's largest democracy.<p>Julian …

BBC to help students identify 'fake news'

<b>The BBC is launching a new scheme to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information.</b><p>The project is targeted at secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK.<p>From March, up to 1,000 schools will be offered mentoring in class and online to help them spot so-called …

Fake News

David Cameron to Trump: Your ‘fake news’ act is ‘dangerous’

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron called out Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, saying his use of the term “fake news” was …

Pope Francis: fake and sensationalised news 'a very serious sin'

Pontiff calls on journalists to report precise, complete and correct information, not one-sided reports or ‘old news that has been dealt with’<p>Pope Francis has criticised journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalise the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all …

Christianity

Trump’s 'fake news' mantra a hit with despots

Leaders or state media in at least 15 countries use the president’s favorite denunciation to quell dissent, question human rights violations.<p>Authoritarian rulers across the globe are adopting President Donald Trump’s favorite phrase to limit free speech, with prominent leaders or state media in at …

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The Best Response to Trump’s “Fake News” Gibes: Keep Reporting

In a column on Monday, Jill Lawrence, an editor and columnist at <i>USA Today</i>, imagined what Donald Trump would sound like if he ever issued thorough corrections and apologies for his falsehoods. “I deeply regret and apologize for the serious error I made when I insisted numerous times that up to 5 …

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How blockchain technology could prevent fake news from spreading

Futurism publisher James Del explains how the blockchain will disrupt the publishing industry and rebuild trust with the media.<p>Blockchain has to do …

Marist Poll: 'Fake news' is second-most annoying phrase to Americans in 2017

Love to call things "fake news"? You might want to reconsider that.<p>According to a new poll out this week, the phrase "fake news" — one often used by President Trump — is the second-most annoying phrase used in casual conversation this year.<p>The Marist Poll found that 23% of Americans disliked the …

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'Fake News' Fights Back

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — In a cozy coffee shop in Bratislava’s Old Town, a well-preserved medieval district dotted with foreign embassies, Andrej …

2017 Was So Fake

News consumers were drenched in disinformation this year, and despite the efforts of tech platforms to curb it, there appears to be no real fix in sight.<p>Disinformation was a major topic of discussion during the 2016 presidential campaign, but it became more weaponized than ever in 2017—a way to …

Internet

Is fake news to blame for Trump? Sorry, folks — that’s fake news!

Fake news is a bad thing for democracy — but the “failing New York Times” did more damage to Hillary’s campaign<p>Is fake news a problem for American democracy? You bet! But is fake news <i>the</i> problem for American democracy? Not according to a study recently published by the Columbia Journalism Review, …

Journalism

Fake news is a convenient scapegoat, but the big 2016 problem was the real news

You can’t blame Macedonian teens for disastrously email-centric coverage.<p>Speaking in early December at a ceremony to honor Harry Reid’s retirement from the US Senate, Hillary Clinton took aim at a target that would have been totally unfamiliar to audiences as recently as the summer of 2016: fake …

Can children save us from the fake news epidemic?

Child development research may hold the answer to our brutally partisan deadlock.<p>All of us value critical thinking — a capacity for independent thought that involves recognizing error, evaluating evidence and questioning conclusions. Scientists demonstrate critical thinking in their research. …

Critical Thinking

Fake news, propaganda and the Internet: How trust is being broken online

SINGAPORE: "There are lots of people who believe everything posted on the Internet is true."<p>The observation, made by Trend Micro's senior manager for …

Ethics in the News - Fake News and Facts in the Post-Truth Era

But singling out convenient scapegoats does little to explain why, in the face of evidence to the contrary, a major section of the public, both in …

How To Spot Fake News

Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its …

Fake News

The victims of fake news

Orson Welles proved that Americans could be convinced of anything, even a story as preposterous as armed Martians invading New Jersey. His …

Facebook found a better way to fight fake news

The company will replace its Disputed Flags tool with Related Articles<p>Facebook has announced it will no longer use Disputed Flags to identify false news. Starting from today, the company will use its Related Articles tool instead to combat misinformation in the News Feed, which it says gives people …

Internet

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Fighting Fake News: How to Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers

<b>"The Newseum did a good job presenting the material in an interesting and engaging way."</b> George Coe, teacher, West Potomac High School<p>How to register …

US ambassador to Netherlands Pete Hoekstra caught peddling 'fake news' lie

The new US ambassador to the Netherlands has blatantly lied about his own anti-Islamic rhetoric, and then lied about lying. His cries of "fake news" …

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Computer Scientists Demonstrate The Potential For Faking Video

An update from the Wild Wild West of fake news technologies: A team of computer scientists have figured out how to make words come out of the mouth of former President Barack Obama — on video — by using artificial intelligence.<p>If you've been on the Internet at any point in the last year, there's a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Real-World Consequences of 'Fake News'

“Once you’re uprooted from your sense of reality, that allows all sorts of other uprootings to take place.”<p>When Donald Trump’s press secretary was recently asked to comment on a rogues’ gallery of foreign leaders embracing her boss’s catchphrase of “fake news,” she essentially made the Las Vegas …

Journalism

The Ongoing Battle Between Science Teachers And Fake News

Every year Patrick Engleman plays a little trick on his students. The high school chemistry teacher introduces his ninth-graders in suburban Philadelphia to an insidious substance called dihydrogen monoxide. It's "involved in 80 percent of fatal car crashes. It's in every single cancer cell. This …

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Donald Trump’s “Fake News” Tactics

In attacking the media, the President has in many ways strengthened it.<p>Last December, <i>Variety</i> and other news outlets reported that Donald Trump planned to serve as an executive producer for “The Celebrity Apprentice” while he was President. Kellyanne Conway, appearing on CNN, defended the …

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Science journalist Steve Connor takes aim at 'corrosive effect' of embargoes in British Journalism Awards acceptance speech penned prior to his death

An acceptance speech written by science journalist Steve Connor before his death two weeks ago was read out at the British Journalism Awards last …

Journalism

Bridging the gap between citizens and scientists

Known worldwide as a center of leading science and engineering research, MIT also boasts an influential program whose graduates advance scientific …

MIT

CDC banned words include 'diversity', 'transgender' and 'fetus' – report

‘Evidence-based’ and ‘vulnerable’ also among words federal health watchdog told not to use by Trump administration, according to the Washington Post<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been told that words and phrases including “fetus”, “diversity”, “transgender” and …

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