Fake News

Got a fake news headache? Dive instead into real news about progressive victories

Media outlets often omit tales of grassroots success. These examples show local action taken to benefit nonelites<p>A decade ago some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay …

Social Justice

Alex Jones Apologizes for 'Pizzagate' Fake News

Conservative radio show host Alex Jones apologized on air for promoting the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory and said he regretted any "negative impact" …

Conspiracies

What Investors Might Have Missed in the Stock Markets This Week

Stop me if you've heard this before: another dying retailer and another exaggerated promise. Just another week in the stock market.<p>The broader media …

Stocks

Starbucks and Walmart join growing list of advertisers boycotting YouTube

Major companies pulling adverts a sign that many doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos<p>PepsiCo, Walmart and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have suspended their advertising on YouTube, joining a growing boycott in a sign that big …

Technology

YouTube’s Ad Problems Finally Blow Up in Google’s Face

Late last year, Israel-based entrepreneur Matan Uziel saw a notification he’d never seen before pop up on YouTube’s backend—the part of the site …

Google

#SocialSkim: Apple Takes On Snapchat, LinkedIn Beefs Up Lead Generation: 11 Stories This Week

This week: Apple's Snapchat-inspired video-editing app; LinkedIn's big news for its Sales Navigator, and its new retargeting tools; Foursquare's plot …

LinkedIn

FUCK ITT: Fake News Is For Cry Babies: Feminists United to Combat Kakistocracy in Trump Times

Not long ago, news was understood in simple categories: by place (local, national, international) or by time (breaking, daily, or old). News could …

Feminism

Associated Press issues new guidance on sex, gender: ‘avoid’ referring to ‘both’ or ‘either’ sexes

In a Friday email to subscribers listing updated entries for its style manual, the Associated Press is urging journalists to avoid making references …

Gender

Facebook is fighting fake news by making it harder — or at least more annoying — to share

Can the site's new “disputed” labels make users share and read responsibly?<p>Over the past month, Facebook has begun rolling out a striking new addition to the site: a bright red warning label that identifies fake news stories as “disputed” and asks you to think twice before sharing them.<p>The rollout …

Facebook

BREAKING FAKE NEWS: Trump Text Convo With GOP About His Health Care Bill

"hey GOP, u up?"<p>HuffPost Comedy obtained exclusive text conversations between President Donald Trump and the House GOP leaders during the negotiations regarding his seemingly failed health care bill.<p>Now, one might wonder why the entire House GOP would have a single phone for text messaging, but …

Health Care

How Fake News Tricks Your Brain

We live in a world with many “alternative facts,” which means verifying and fact-checking ourselves and those in our community plays an important role in determining what is real and what is fake.<p>Watch Explorer on Nat Geo Monday at 10/9c.<p>How many animals of each kind did Moses put on the ark?<p>If you …

Psychology

Timberland CEO’s Derogatory Comment About Not Wanting ‘Blacks In My Boots’ Is Fake News

Timberland’s CEO reportedly making derogatory comments about black people wearing the company’s products is fake news. Timberland’s CEO did not say …

News Media

Clean Up Toxic Waste Or Bet Against Google And Facebook

All great fortunes are based on a crime and social media’s is toxic waste — the sludge of fake news and hate speech that — as I wrote last October – makes Twitter impossible to acquire and is spurring a wave of advertising boycotts against Google’s YouTube.<p>Before getting into that, let’s look at …

Advertising

Weekly Roundup: Apple acquires Workflow, Uber loses its president

This week, Apple and Amazon both made big acquisitions, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal broadband privacy rules created by Obama’s FCC and Uber lost its president. These are the top tech headlines from this week, plus some good long-form weekend reads. <i>You can also receive this post as a weekly</i> …

Startups

After "Fake News" Claims, Trump's First Calls After Health-Care Defeat Were to N.Y. Times, Washington Post

Before addressing the nation, the president phoned the outlets to say, "The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened."<p>Before President …

Health Care

Where Does The Term 'Fake News' Come From? The 1890s, Apparently

According to Merriam-Webster, the term was around long before Pizzagate.<p>“Fake news” is so ubiquitous now, it’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, we barely ever used the term.<p>According to Google Trends, it blew up in November, the month of the 2016 election. Initially, it described the …

Journalism

Fake News Must do Better if it wants Sean Spicer and Trump to Respond to Its Stories

Sean Spicer is often accused of not “properly” responding to the fake news media’s latest story. A CNN report shows why it’s impossible to respond …

News Media

Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake news

| WASHINGTON<p>A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Friday to opening fire in a Washington pizzeria that fake news reports claimed housed a child sex ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.<p>Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was accused of firing at least three shots from …

Crime

Steve Mnuchin has been compromised (by robots)

Not to downplay the apparently imminent existential threat of global trade, but this time the call is coming from inside the house. Well, not the House, but the cabinet, where Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has apparently begun to execute the will of our nation’s omnipresent AI-powered shadow …

Robots

Dossier Details How Russia Uses Fake News To Influence Elections

by , Staff Writer @eriksass1,<p>More evidence is emerging that details how Russian intelligence uses fake news to shape public opinion and influence the …

Russia

Campbell Brown on filter bubbles, fake news and Facebook’s role in the news industry

Before she became Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Campbell Brown had to deal with a low-tech filter bubble.<p>As a host on CNN, she was competing …

Facebook

Trumpflation story is fake news when explaining market moves

It is hard to think of a policy agenda more likely to boost inflation than the one President Trump campaigned on. Tax cuts give households and …

Inflation

15 Ways Fake Boobs And Fake News Are Similar

• Fake boobs tempt married men to cheat on their wives. Fake news tempts married men to cheat on their countries.<p>2. When fake news spreads it can cause …

Body Language

AP adds 'fake news' to official style guide used by media

"Fake news" has finally made its way to the AP Stylebook.<p>On Friday, as the White House's attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act …

News Media

German integration minister takes on fake news at Islam conference

At a Berlin conference to promote intercultural dialogue, Germany's integration minister discussed the absurd and slanderous things written about her online. She urged young people to lead the fight against hate speech.<p>Speaking at this weekend's Young Islam Conference, which opened in the German …

News Media

Michelle Obama’s Mother Being Charged with Larceny and Fraud Is Fake News

Flickr<p>Reports that former First Lady Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, is being charged with larceny and fraud are <b>false</b>. Robinson is not …

Fraud

On Trump, 'Fake News,' and the National Enquirer, and, Separately, David Rockefeller

Long before there was the expression “fake news” — or, as the president tweets it, “FAKE NEWS” — there was the <i>National Enquirer</i>. This was pretty much …

Conservative POV

FCC chairman: Whether NY Times, CNN, NBC are 'fake news' is a ‘political debate’

Federal Communications Commissioner Chairman Ajit Pai said on Thursday that President Trump’s charge that media outlets including The New York Times, …

Journalism

Fighting the Nazis With Fake News

Between 1941 and 1943, an exceedingly peculiar series of transmissions reached radio sets in Germany. The broadcaster called himself <i>Der Chef</i>, or the …

News Media

Is sharing fake news okay if it feels right?

A fake viral image is being widely shared in London after yesterday’s terrorist attack<p>Yesterday, London suffered a terrorist attack that left four people dead (including the assailant) and at least 40 injured. This morning, Londoners around the city got up and went to work as normal. Some have …

News Media