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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.

“You have nothing to be ashamed of for your parents not vaccinating you. It wasn’t something you researched and decided against, you were just doing the whole ‘being a kid’ thing.”
If you thrive on emotion, read this.
Plus: 2018’s most popular health articles were plagued by misinformation, and one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners shares details on how much it’s paid.
Plus: Real-life consequences after you get harassed online, watching your boyfriend become radicalized, and what is Fox News, exactly?
During an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “as rumors surface, communications experts rebut them with accurate information via WhatsApp or local radio.”
So if you think you have a “solution” for misinformation, it had better not be something that only targets digital natives.
Predictions and looks back.
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.