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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: Whether Americans believe climate change is caused by humans depends on how you ask the question, and WhatsApp clones are getting around some restrictions designed to limit the spread of fake news.
“Even facts are opinions.”
Plus: YouTube executives ignores its “false, incendiary and toxic content” for years, and white nationalism sneaks through Facebook’s ban.
Plus: A revived hoax on social media leads to attacks on Roma in France, Facebook bans white nationalism, and how “Suspected Human Trafficker, Child Predator May Be in Our Area” became the most-shared Facebook story of 2019.
Plus: Instagram is fertile ground for conspiracy theories, Apple gives to media literacy, and a terror attack comes with its own media strategy.
Other participants: Fire stations, and police departments, and schools.
Plus: Big advertisers ban YouTube (not over vaccines), the National Cancer Institute wonders how to respond to health misinformation, and how to fill a data void.
“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?