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 new resource which aims to track the spread of junk news on Facebook. It has been devised by the Computational Propaganda group (COMPROP) of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford. The full methodology is displayed on the website. See the latest top 10 junk news stories posted in the last […]
Lots of links on this subject. New York Times collected examples of misinformation over 4,000 were sent from social media. Other sources of fact checking and overviews of political accuracy include: Politfact has been checking claims made about the election by the President and other commentators Washington Post fact-checker Media Matters for America News coverage […]
As a move to greater transparency Facebook has launched this searchable database about political adverts appearing on Facebook and who is funding them. It covers US election spending. There are also statistical snapshots taken every week. Google transparency report also has a political ads section and Twitter has a list of political campaign advertisers.
https://about.twitter.com/en_us/values/elections-integrity.html#data As part of it openness and transparency policy, Twitter have released information and datasets indicating that thousands of sources from Russia were used during the USA election campaign to manipulate news sources. TechCrunch discusses and gives links to the datasets.
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 free software, Global Observation Network, for detecting censorship, surveillance and traffic manipulation on the internet. You can look at a map to see measurements of censorship, interference and blocking of social media Its blog has a series of links to recent reports and discussion on use of blocking in specific countries and during individual election […]
According to the latest Ofcom communications report people in the UK now check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the waking day. Their press release also has a fascinating infographic comparing usage and consumption of media from 2008 and 2018 which shows startling changes over the last ten years. The full report covers […]
Trends Monitor is a research project being undertaken by Media Matters for Democracy to identify and document potential manipulation of political hashtags and conversations on Twitter in Pakistan through ‘human-bots’, especially in the wake of General Elections 2018. Look at the website to view its findings on whether manipulation occurred.
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.