This week the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission launched its report. They argued that big tech companies should fund an independent platform agency to police fake news. Find out more by downloading the report and getting the facts on the composition of the commission from the official website.
A report from the US based Project information literacy which has implications for librarians and educators concerned with information literacy and the fight against fake news. During 2017/18 a sample of 5,844 respondents returned an online survey administered at 11 U.S. colleges, universities, and community colleges. Topics discussed include competency in evaluating sources and use of […]
A frightening new report from the Oxford Internet institute has a Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation. It found evidence of formally organised social media manipulation campaigns in 48 countries, an increase of 20 in the last year. One fifth of the manipulation recorded was via messaging apps.
Only 2% of children have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if a news story is real or fake
According to the final report from the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills which was established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Literacy and the National Literacy Trust. Almost two thirds of teachers surveyed felt this was increasing anxiety and effecting wellbeing in children. Results cover primary and secondary age […]
A team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) cross-checked the spread of 126,000 stories on Twitter against a database of stories fact-checked by six independent organisations, including Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck. They discovered that untruths were 6 times more likely to spread faster: view the findings in Science magazine . Other new resources concerning about fake news include […]
According to the latest annual report from the Duke Reporters Lab. They found that in 2018 the number has increased by 31 percent. They also commented on the stability location and performance of the websites.
Using a new online game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Dutch media collective DROG. It aims to expose the public to methods used by fake news producers thereby encouraging them to mistrust and act critically in future. The full announcements by the university links to pilot studies on its impact in […]
Has revealed that large percentages of people worldwide (especially in the USA where it dropped overall by 37%) have experienced a decline of trust in business, government, NGOs and media. There is an focus on the issue of fake news as globally 59% say that it is getting harder to tell if a piece of […]
The LSE has launched a Truth, Trust and Technology (T3) Commission. This new research group will be investigating issues around truth and trust online this covers the topical issue of fake news as well as journalism standards, online regulation, media literacy. It is led by Professor Charlie Beckett and overseen by a group of Commissioners, […]
The latest report from the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, focuses on the readers perspective on fake news. It is based on the analysis of free-text comments about trust and the media taken from the 2017 digital news report. This covers a number of nations. Recommendations are made on news checking and the media. Tracking […]