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Real News About Fake News

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

Plus: Are your Google results really that different from your neighbor’s?
Plus: WhatsApp pays for misinformation research and a look at fake midterm-related accounts (“heavy on memes, light on language”).
Plus: How “junk news” differs from “fake news,” and LinkedIn gets less boring (but not in a good way).
“Recognition of altruism as a motive for publishing (i.e. shedding a light on unknown/hidden information).”
“I don’t know where they found my phone number.”
“Why give them the ammo?”
Plus: A woman-oriented fact-checking initiative, and possible problems with California’s media literacy bill.
Plus: A U.K. report calls for governments to tread cautiously when it comes to fake news, as some other governments seem prepared to do the opposite.
Plus: How YouTubers spread far-right beliefs (don’t just blame algorithms), and another cry for less both-sides journalism.
Should one partisan news outlet be able to wield power over another, using Facebook as the cudgel?
Plus: Who tweets anti-vaccine content, and watch out for “misinfodemics.”
Plus: Does all our yammering about fake news make people think real news is fake?
Plus: “Most of the people reviewing Burmese content spoke English.”
Plus: Infowars’ Alex Jones is suspended from Facebook, eyes on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, and anti-vaccine Facebook groups.
Plus: Anger trumps love (in Facebook reactions to legislators’ posts), the most-shared news sources on right-wing social network Gab, and connections between Macedonian teens and U.S. conservatives.