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The Week in Fact-Checking: The latest political faux-check

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? In a sign of the growing appeal of the term “fact-checking,” Czech prime ministerial candidate Andrej Babiš launched a website aping an existing fact-checking outfit’s name. Unsurprisingly, its “fact checks” cast Babiš in a positive light. But will it make a difference? Quote of the week “Historians and […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: How to beat bad Twitter

Think you know how to tell a real tweeter from a fake one? Test yourself with  10 tips compiled by digital sleuther Henk van Ess for Poynter. Quote of the week “Most people, most of the time, don’t use social media for politics. But in the days before a major election or referendum social media platforms provide […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Who’s more worried about fake news, Facebook’s tough week, and dealing with ‘disinfobros’

Quote of the week “If you can generate attention you get paid. If you yell fire in a theater, you still get paid. Attention gets rewarded and not quality of information.”   —  Twitter founder Ev Williams on social media platform advertisers’ desire for attention. Treading on the partisan divide Eighty-eight percent of Donald Trump supporters told […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: German elections, fake news for Halloween, and everyone out of the Twitter pool

German voters go to the voting booth on Sunday and “fake news” has been less of a concern. A propaganda expert tells Correctiv that bots were dormant during the campaign. Still, Motherboard found plenty of misinformation spread from both Russian and American media outlets. The Alliance for Securing Democracy created a dashboard to track the Russian efforts. Either way, the regional […]

Twitter, we just can’t quit you

For journalists and other non-trolls, navigating Twitter can be like walking in flip-flops through a well-used dog park. Even if you don’t step in anything, it’s a tricky and odious journey that leaves you slightly nauseous. And exhausted. So we really don’t need to wonder why journalists on Twitter, like New York Times reporter Glenn […]

German Justice Ministry proposes fining social media platforms up to €50 million for failing to remove illegal content fast enough

The German Justice Ministry has proposed a draft law that would fine social media companies up to €50 million (about $53.2 million) for failing to remove hate speech, “fake news,” threats or other illegal content fast enough. As part of the law, the ministry is also asking social media companies to name one person responsible […]

What video lengths on Facebook get the highest levels of engagement?

NewsWhip analyzed videos from 11 publishers with some of the most video shares in January 2017, looking at their overall engagement (likes, shares, comments, reactions). Here’s what they found: The average length of these publishers’ most engaging videos (without counting livestreams) are now over a minute long, and many of these publishers’ most engaging videos […]

Twitter says its timeline algorithm has improved engagement in key areas, but it won’t say by how much

According to Twitter, the company’s shift from a chronological to algorithmic timeline has been a success, improving engagement in areas including likes and retweets. But Twitter also won’t say how much those metrics have improved by. “This reticence suggests that the effects, while positive, are not yet impressive enough to comfort the company’s restless investors,” […]

Twitter may have committed itself to a ‘live’ strategy last year, but it’s still offering essentially the same product it was when it launched in 2006

A year ago, Twitter said in a letter to its shareholders that it was committing itself to a “live” strategy, trying to make itself a place where people would talk about events as they were happening in real-time. But thinking about that statement in the context of Sunday night’s Oscars mistake “highlights what I and […]

Private Facebook groups offer an alternative to algorithm-driven public Facebook pages

Facebook pages are subject to the whims of Facebook’s algorithm, but Sujan Patel writes that there’s a way around this: Private Facebook groups. Personal posts and posts from Facebook pages alike are shown to users based on the algorithm, but users in private groups receive notifications when there’s a new post in a group. Those […]

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