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Here’s How Scammers Are Using Fake News To Screw With Bitcoin Investors

In the largely unregulated world of bitcoin and cryptocurrency, fraudsters are getting rich by deliberately spreading false information to affect the price of their holdings using social media, scam news sites, and private chat apps.<p><b>On Saturday, Jan. 14</b>, a Twitter account purporting to be that of …

Vitalik Buterin

Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Friday that it planned to prioritize high-quality news on the social network by allowing its users to rank news sources that they see as the most credible and trustworthy.<p>The initiative, which follows an overhaul that Facebook announced last week to emphasize posts, …

Credibility

‘Cult-Like Language’: Snapchat Threatens Crackdown, Jailtime for Leakers

After a Daily Beast investigation revealed internal metrics, Snap Inc. said it would “pursue any and all legal remedies” against leakers, even …

Snap Inc.

Assessing Trump’s press freedom record, one year on

<b>Just under a year ago, Donald Trump</b> was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. How should we assess his press freedom record so …

Journalism

EFF and Lookout Uncover New Malware Espionage Campaign Infecting Thousands Around the World

Security

The Guardian heads back into the black

ON JANUARY 15th the <i>Guardian</i> showed off its new, trimmer look, shifting from its idiosyncratic “Berliner” format to a tabloid shape with a redesigned …

Economics

Italians can now report fake news to the police. Here's why that's problematic.

In an effort to address fake news ahead of this year’s elections, the Italian government has created an online portal where people can report …

Censorship

<b>Updated Numbers of IRA Accounts</b><p>As part of our ongoing review, we have identified both more IRA and automated Russia-based accounts. The results of …

APIs

Facebook will now ask users to rank news organizations they trust

Facebook unveiled major changes Friday to the News Feed of its 2 billion users, announcing it will rank news organizations by credibility based on user feedback and diminish its role as an arbiter of the news people see.<p>The move comes after the company endured harsh criticism for allowing …

Facebook

Q&A: National Press Club president on Trump, trust, and diversity in journalism

<b>Friday marks the final day</b> of President Donald Trump’s first year in office. It’s also the final day of Jeffrey Ballou’s one-year term as president …

Journalism

The Difference Between — News on Social and Social News

In the 1960’s Marshall Mcluhan wrote “the medium is the message.”<p>Today, the platform is the message.<p>News is created different when it is created with …

Viral

Mark Zuckerberg

Continuing our focus for 2018 to make sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent...<p>Last week I announced a major change to encourage …

Publishers claim they’re taking Facebook’s News Feed changes in stride. Is the “bloodletting” still to come?

“Let’s put the nail in the coffin of chasing clicks and likes.”<p>Facebook took a look at all the news and pages it’s recruited to populate the News Feed, and decided officially, never mind: Friends and family first.<p>Publishers reacted quickly. Some have specifically appealed to readers about the …

Facebook

I was a small-town newspaper photographer. The paper's gone, but the images live forever

Kevin Dunn looks back at the vanished world he chronicled with his camera for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald<p>Like so many Canadian journalists, my first staff position on a daily newspaper was at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. It was 1989 – pre-internet, pre-word processor, pre-computer graphics, …

Canada

The Los Angeles Times Votes To Unionize

In a lengthy letter to the newsroom that day, D’Vorkin and Kirk warned that unionizing would not guarantee better compensation, and suggested that …

Journalism

YouTube Plans "Intelligence Desk" To Spot Inappropriate Content Early

Following a series of scandals and advertiser boycotts, YouTube takes a more proactive approach to hateful and offensive content.<p>YouTube is planning to proactively seek out and police inappropriate or offensive content following public backlash over its repeated failures to keep hateful, exploitive …

Susan Wojcicki

Tale of 2 polls: What do librarians have that journalists don’t?

America’s journalists, relentlessly attacked by President Trump, are also taking a beating in public opinion. However, their information-gathering …

Journalism

Why the HuffPost “platisher” model is dying

So HuffPost is closing down its contributor platform, which is pretty huge news in the content world. It was really the original “platisher,” which …

Journalism

We Are Only Just Realising That Facebook Has Lost All Meaning

For years, publisher content papered over the cracks of a company falling apart.<p>For our grandparents, having a job and a family, putting food on the table and not dying in a war was normally enough. But we’re looking for something more: we need to know we're not just another Jake or Sarah floating …

Loneliness

Editorial backing Trump in ‘shithole’ controversy sparks outrage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette owner ordered the paper to run an editorial defending president on racism charge.<p>Journalists at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, along with former employees and some city luminaries, are expressing outrage over a pro-Trump editorial ordered up by the paper’s publisher that they …

Donald Trump

Here’s How We Can Reinvent Local News

The local news business is in serious trouble. Newspapers are in decline, their sites and papers no longer filled with investigative reporting, daily …

Journalism

Teenagers are our best hope in fighting fake news

Massimo Alvisi teaches middle school in Latina, 35 miles southeast of Rome. His seventh graders, like most Italian 12-year-olds, can pick off a map …

Education

Media companies should open up an HQ2

If it’s good enough for Amazon, why not for news publishers? Trade in your New York rent for a wider, subway-phobic pool of talent.<p>Amazon has announced its list of 20 finalists to be the new home for its second headquarters, its HQ2. (Though 20 feels more like a longlist than a shortlist, to be …

Baton Rouge

The biggest risk to American journalism isn't posed by Trump

Journalists in the US are facing an unprecedented crackdown on their work. This crackdown is at its most visible when it intersects with protest<p>Independent journalism holds the unaccountable to account and shines light on the darkest corners of our world. It seeks to inform, to ignite, to inspire …

Journalism

Newsonomics: Inside L.A.’s journalistic collapse

Southern California has gone from five significant daily newspaper companies three years ago to two today. And they’re both in trouble.<p>How far is <i>The Post</i> from Los Angeles? Figure almost 50 years, as well as 3,000 miles. While big audiences and the remaining fully paid journalists can delight in the …

Journalism

The Diminishing Role of Facts in American Public Life

Without agreement about objective facts and a common understanding of and respect for data and analytical interpretations of those data, it becomes …

Public Policy

Why Did Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu Kill a Bunch of Alternative Comedies?

It’s been a brutal couple of months for fans of quirky, lo-fi streaming comedies. In November, Hulu unexpectedly canceled one of its first …

TV

This California journalism nonprofit is finding hope for the news industry in voices behind bars

Voices of Monterey Bay is amplifying less-heard voices (prisoners, the children of farm workers), building a community base of support, and publishing in both English and Spanish.<p>“One day, while out on the prison yard, I stumbled across someone’s prison-made tamale, but it did not match my memories …

Journalism

As Facebook retreats from publishers, Snapchat is rolling out a publisher charm offensive

Publishers still reeling from the Facebook news feed-pocalypse might find comfort in Snapchat. The disappearing messages app is stepping up efforts …

Digital Media