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Today β€” October 20th 2018Your RSS feeds

Disinformation Spreads on WhatsApp Ahead of Brazilian Election

By MIKE ISAAC and KEVIN ROOSE

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, is trying to prove it can curb the spread of false news. But the app’s design makes it difficult.

Yesterday β€” October 19th 2018Your RSS feeds

Where’d You Hear That? A Rumor Mill Churns Amid Hurricane Michael’s Rubble

By ALAN BLINDER

Bed bugs have infested a shelter. FEMA is distributing free cash. Rumors like these have swept the Florida Panhandle since the hurricane. It’s like a game of telephone.

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Fake News Is Poisoning Brazilian Politics. WhatsApp Can Stop It.

By CRISTINA TARDÁGUILA, FABRÍCIO BENEVENUTO and PABLO ORTELLADO

Ahead of a critical election, the messaging app has become a sea of toxic misinformation — but it’s not too late to halt the tide.

What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult?

By KEVIN ROOSE

Twitter has barred hundreds of right-wing accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists.

A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military

By PAUL MOZUR

With fake pages and sham accounts, the military targeted the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority group, said former military officials, researchers and civilian officials.

A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military

By PAUL MOZUR

With fake pages and sham accounts, the military targeted the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority group, said former military officials, researchers and civilian officials.

The Stone: How to Fix Fake News

By REGINA RINI

Technology has given rise to an age of misinformation. But philosophy, and a closer look at our own social behavior, could help eliminate it.

Made and Distributed in the U.S.A.: Online Disinformation

By SHEERA FRENKEL

Ahead of the midterm elections, false and divisive messages on social media — once the specialty of Russian-linked operatives — are now increasingly being created and spread by Americans.

Soldiers in Facebook’s War on Fake News Are Feeling Overrun

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON

The social network turned to Rappler, a scrappy news start-up, to clean up its service in the Philippines. But misinformation comes fast and has proved hard to stamp out.

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?

By KEVIN ROOSE

USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization. But some cybersecurity experts believe it may be part of a retooled Russian propaganda operation.

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?

By KEVIN ROOSE

USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization. But some cybersecurity experts believe it may be part of a retooled Russian propaganda operation.

Google C.E.O. Denies Allegations of Political Bias in Search Results

By KATE CONGER

Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff on Friday that the company does not alter search results for political gain.

Google C.E.O. Denies Allegations of Political Bias in Search Results

By KATE CONGER

Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff on Friday that the company does not alter search results for political gain.

Italy Loosens Vaccine Law Just as Children Return to School

By JASON HOROWITZ

After years of spreading confusion about vaccines, the Five Star Movement and its governing partner, the League, have reduced vaccination proof to a parent’s promise.

Debunking 5 Viral Rumors About Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s Accuser

By KEVIN ROOSE

Dr. Blasey has been the target of widespread social media disinformation since she came forward with accusations of sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee.

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