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Regret the Error

Craig Silverman reports on trends and issues regarding media accuracy and the discipline of verification.Stories about errors, corrections, fact checking and verification

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BuzzFeed's Ben Smith: 'We didn't fully think through' the removal of old posts

Several months ago, roughly half a dozen early BuzzFeed writers were told to go back through their pre-2012 work and decide what they wanted to save. Anything they didn't want to keep or update should be removed from the site, they were told. “Go through your stuff and save what you care about,” is how BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith summarizes the direction. The … Read More
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Bear attack foiled by Justin Bieber's music: A story too good to check

Just after 12 pm on Tuesday, a story started picking up some serious online momentum. In the span of about an hour, it appeared on the websites of The Week, Elite Daily, the Daily Mirror, the New York Post, Mediaite, an ABC affiliate, among others. Here's how the New York Post's story began: Even … Read More
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The Wall Street Journal fails 'Monsters of Greek Mythology 101'

Someone at the Wall Street Journal can't tell a Minotaur from a Cyclopes. As a result, the paper published a monstrous correction this week: The Minotaur is a monster in Greek mythology that is part bull, part human. A travel article in Saturday's Off Duty section mistakenly called it a one-eyed monster. Read More
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Study: Political journalists opt for stenography over fact checking during presidential debates

During the 2012 U.S. presidential debates, political journalists on Twitter primarily repeated candidate claims without providing fact checks or other context, according to new research published in The International Journal of Press/Politics. Authors Mark Coddington, Logan Molyneux and Regina G. Lawrence analyzed tweets from 430 political journalists during the debates to see how much they engaged in the checking … Read More
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Amnesty International launches video verification tool, website

Amnesty International is in the verification game and that is good news for journalism. When journalists monitor and search social networks, they’re looking to discover and verify newsworthy content. Amnesty utilizes the same networks and content — but their goal is to gather and substantiate evidence of human rights abuses. “Verification and corroboration was always a key component of human … Read More
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L.A. Times corrects report of author's porn habits, man's "endowment"

The Los Angeles Times offered a book review correction that's jam packed with porn and penis references: "Big Little Man": A review in the June 29 Arts & Books section of the book "Big Little Man" said that author Alex Tizon is in his 60s. He is 54. Also, the review described Tizon as an avid consumer of porn, but … Read More
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Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

// When Dan Schultz first described Truth Goggles close to three years go, he deemed it a “magic button” that could tell you “what is true and what is false on the web site you are viewing.” That concept – which Schultz refers to as the “fact-check the Internet approach” – attracted a decent amount of … Read More
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Ottawa Citizen apologizes to David Bowie for 'Space Oddity' accusation

In May, the Ottawa Citizen published an op-ed from a university professor that began with an accusatory opening line:  "David Bowie stole a piece of Canadian culture on Wednesday." It was dead wrong. The piece claimed Bowie was personally responsible for having astronaut Chris Hadfield's version of "Space Oddity" removed from YouTube. Professor Blayne Haggart … Read More
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LinkedIn acquires major fact checking patents

Lucas Myslinski was tired of having to fact check the questionable emails his father often forwarded to him. “My dad would send these emails where they say something like, ‘Oh the government is stockpiling billions of dollars of ammunition’ and other things like that, where if all you would do is take a little time and look on Snopes … Read More
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BuzzFeed faceplants in hockey story, then makes an amusing correction

When the Los Angels Kings won the Stanley Cup at home, lots of significant others, officials, and other folks came down to the ice to celebrate. As reported by BuzzFeed and Uproxx, this resulted in a remarkable faceplant by one woman who unwisely wore high heels on the ice: That slip up caused another: BuzzFeed's post mistakenly … Read More
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A new truth layer for the web

Over the years this idea has attracted entrepreneurs and technologists, and so far no one has been able to figure out a workable, widely-adopted product. The problem to solve is obvious: With so much content being published online, it’s difficult for most people to determine the quality and credibility of a given webpage or other piece of content. How can … Read More
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San Francisco Chronicle blog fails video game trivia, issues correction

The San Francisco Chronicle's pop culture critic had to issue a correction after he misstated the revenge intentions of video game aliens: CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post suggested that a singular being named Yar was getting his revenge in the Atari 2600 game Yars’ Revenge. In fact, the Yarians were a race of aliens, and were collectively seeking revenge. The … Read More
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