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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.
Starting in May, Facebook will also solicit ideas for ways to build community through local news, looking for around 100 participants to receive funding and mentorship.
Plus: Pro-China accounts on Reddit, and same-day election misinformation.
This is not “time well spent.”
“A lot of the time, diversifying content is tied to a financial decision. And while I do think that targeting black women is a very smart financial decision, it was also very important that we communicate that this is out of an authentic desire to fill a void.”
But only for journalistic purposes — not to target advertising.
Plus: YouTube adds fact-checks (in India), and Facebook moves to combat anti-vaxxing after receiving loads of public pressure.
Other participants: Fire stations, and police departments, and schools.
“Small steps by news organizations can have an influence on building trust with their audiences.”