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Fact-Checking

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Best of media corrections, 2016 edition

Our annual collection of media corrections is, undoubtedly, an excuse to chuckle at our industry's missteps. But it's also a recognition of an honorable practice that not everyone follows. Outlets that mark their corrected articles clearly or collect them in one easily searchable section (for example, The Guardian) may be over-represented in this list, but they should be commended. A note … Read More
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Nearly a quarter of Americans say they have shared fake political news

Almost a quarter of Americans acknowledged sharing fake news political news online, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The report, which is based on a telephone survey of more than 1,000 people, showed that 23 percent of respondents shared fabricated stories. In that group, 14 percent said they knew the story was fake at the … Read More
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Facebook has a plan to fight fake news. Here's where we come in

Facebook announced today that it is taking several steps to reduce the reach of fake news. One of the initiatives announced by the social network, third-party fact-checking, will allow verified fact-checkers in the United States to review stories to determine if they are true or false. If enough fact checkers mark a story as fake, the post will be marked … Read More
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Facebook rolls out plan to fight fake news

Facebook on Thursday unveiled a multi-part plan to fight fake news that includes teaming up with fact-checkers in the United States to cut down on the reach of bogus stories. The plan (which Poynter's International Fact-checking Network is involved with) represents the first time Facebook has given fact-checkers the ability to verify news on its platform, and comes after … Read More
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5 tips for headline writers dealing with fact-light tweets

On Sunday night, just as Americans were reaching the end of their Thanksgiving leftovers, their Twitter feeds were clogged with unfounded allegations of voter fraud by the President-elect. tf is even the point of journalism? pic.twitter.com/aqcUKGdEZJ — Christopher Wong (@chrswng) November 27, 2016 As with the aftermath of Trump's Hamilton tweetstorm, political editors … Read More
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Zuckerberg's Facebook post on fake news strategy disappears, then reappears

Update: at 12.45pm U.S. Eastern the post reappeared. The headline and story have been updated to reflect this as well as a subsequent response from Facebook. On November 19th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his Facebook page to outline his company's nascent strategy to combat "fake news." On Tuesday morning, the post stopped appearing on his timeline, and links … Read More
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Facebook referrals are crucial for traffic to hyperpartisan and fake news sites

Facebook is an important source of traffic for virtually all news outlets in the United States. New data, however, indicates that the social network is a far more important channel for some of the largest hyperpartisan and fake news sites in the country. Analytics company Jumpshot tracked Facebook referrals to 20-plus websites between September 11th and November 15th. It … Read More
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Report: Fact-checking in Europe is growing, diverse and fragile

Fact-checking sites have emerged as "a new democratic institution" in many European countries, according to a report published Tuesday by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Since the first regular source of political fact-checking started publishing in Europe in the mid-2000s, fact-checking initiatives have launched across much of the continent, the authors found. Today at least 34 permanent sources of … Read More
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Le Monde wants to build a B.S.-detector

The Republican primaries are heating up. A populist right-winger is jockeying to snatch the presidency from the center-left. Media outlets are devoting additional resources to fact-checking political claims, even as some wonder whether that even matters in a "post-truth" era. France’s presidential campaign — and the related coverage — has clear echoes of its U.S. counterpart. Regardless of how the … Read More
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The dangers of crying wolf with 'post-truth'

On Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted to his 15 million followers that Ford would no longer move a plant from Kentucky to Mexico. He portrayed it as a breakthrough in which he played a decisive role. Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be … Read More
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An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from the world’s fact-checkers

Mr. Zuckerberg — Last week you wrote that the problem of fake news and false information online is particularly complex. In your words: “Identifying the ‘truth’ is complicated.” We agree. It also cannot be the exclusive responsibility of any one organization. As a network of independent fact-checking organizations set up to promote accuracy in public debate and the … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg says less than 1 percent of Facebook content is fake news. How does he know?

Facebook is more than 99 percent "authentic," CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a long status update on Saturday night. The precision and assertiveness of his response raise the question: how does he know? His assurances must be based on internal research, but this data is not publicly available. Its assumptions and consequences cannot therefore be properly scrutinized. Zuckerberg's claim … Read More
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Zuckerberg's views on fake news and Trump's election, annotated

Facebook's News Feed has taken fire throughout the presidential election for surfacing fake news stories. Since the election, critics have even suggested that the fakery on Facebook had led to Trump's election. During a q-and-a at the Techonomy conference with David Kirkpatrick, the conference's host and an author of a book on Facebook, Zuckerberg addressed this question specifically. Zuckerberg rebutted the notion … Read More
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Fact-checking under President Trump

Media self-loathing is flooding the internet. Finger-wagging critiques have been directed at many segments of the industry. Poll aggregators failed to properly represent the uncertainty of the result. Cable news polluted the airwaves with uncritical and senseless Trump coverage. Pundits didn't bother to dig beyond the smart take on their Twitter feed. Critics will no doubt soon turn their attention … Read More
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