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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: Facebook expands its fact-checking program; for one thing, it now covers photos and video.
Plus: Facebook looks to hire “news credibility specialists,” and Reuters tries to figure out if highly partisan sites are gaining traction in and outside the U.S. (it looks as if they’re not).
Plus: Qatari bots, Swedish pamphlets, and French laws.
“Instead of using broadcast to spread our debunks, we opted for an individual relationship.”
Plus: Facebook is accepting proposals for fake news research, and fake news was growing as a topic of media discussion even before the U.S. presidential election.
Plus: Fake audio on WhatsApp in India, and do paywalls lead to increased polarization?
Plus: A trove of Russian Facebook ads, “antecedents of bullshit,” and a week with Radio Sputnik.
Plus: “Women over 65 years write very rude things on the internet.”
Plus: Problems with the First Amendment, fact-checking the fact-checkers, and how partisan newspapers’ circulations change depending on who’s in power.
Plus: What people who like fact-checking are like, a new “digital deception” newsletter, and Facebook expands its fact-checking partnerships beyond the West.
Plus: A proposal to let Facebook users come up with “formulas” for their own News Feeds, and what happens to fake news when it isn’t profitable anymore?
Hint: Facebook is involved. Plus: Sketchy government efforts against fake news (or “fake news”) in India and Malaysia.
Data that NewsWhip pulled together for Nieman Lab suggests that popular hyperpartisan publishers are actually doing pretty well post–algorithm change.
Plus: Facebook found (and shut down) a Macedonian disinformation effort in the Alabama special election, and Facebook groups could get garbage-y fast.
Plus: YouTube’s sad reliance on Wikipedia, a problem with Pinterest, and how countries around the world are fighting misinformation.