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“These moves may hurt the firms’ finances, but they would also demonstrate serious and lasting commitment to limiting their platforms’ usefulness in political manipulation campaigns.”
Politics isn’t the only place where countering misinformation is tricky business: “The best evidence suggests that a more effective way of dealing with misinformation is not spreading it in the first place. That means avoiding repeating various myths — even if you’re debunking them.”
CrossCheck Nigeria builds on what First Draft and its partners learned about misinformation on WhatsApp from the Comprova project in Brazil.
More than a quarter of Kenyans and Nigerians surveyed said they had shared stories that they knew were made up.
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).
The “Iffy Quotient” has been downright steady leading up to tomorrow’s midterm elections, and Facebook deserves some credit for it.
“Recognition of altruism as a motive for publishing (i.e. shedding a light on unknown/hidden information).”
“The goal is to make those signals more useful and to help platforms…make better, more informed decisions about ranking and ad purchases — which we hope will help drive both promotion and financial support to quality news and away from disinformation, misinformation, and junk.”