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Since firing its human editors, Facebook’s trending news section has repeatedly featured fake news

In the six weeks since Facebook revamped its trending news section to be controlled by an algorithm, the section has repeatedly featured fake news, Caitlin Dewey writes. Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 22, The Intersect found five trending stories that were “indisputably fake” and three that were “profoundly inaccurate.” These problems largely stem from Facebook’s […]

Facebook’s policies force publishers to tag underwritten content as if it were produced with a ‘sponsor,’ even if that’s not true

You might have heard: Sponsored content is generally understood to be content that takes the same form and qualities of a publisher’s original content and usually serves useful or entertaining information as a way of favorably influencing the perception of the sponsor brand But did you know: “Facebook’s [sponsored content] policy may be adequate when […]

APIs from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were used to arrest Baltimore protesters

According to a new report from the ACLU of Northern California, police in Baltimore used a social media surveillance tool called Geofeedia to arrest protesters. Geofeedia uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram’s APIs to create real-time maps of social media activity, such as in a protest areas. The ACLU report argues that as protests escalated, police […]

News organizations see Facebook as the ‘enemy,’ but they should still work with Facebook so they don’t ‘find themselves on an island’

Many news organizations see Facebook as a “giant that may eat us,” but Mark Glaser writes that news organizations still need to work with Facebook, despite their uncertainties. Back in 2010, news organizations saw Google as its biggest enemy and News Corp even removed its content from Google’s search results. But two years later, it […]

The editor of Norway’s Aftenposten is challenging Mark Zuckerberg to talk about censorship on Facebook

Espen Egil Hansen, editor of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that helped force Facebook’s reversal on the “napalm girl” photograph, is challenging Mark Zuckerberg to talk about censorship on Facebook and to own up to his responsibilities as one of the Internet’s most powerful people. Hansen writes: “Zuckerberg is de facto the most powerful editor-in-chief on […]

Lessons from’s social-first model: There’s a balance between protecting people and informing them, and choose your platforms wisely

At the Online News Association conference on Saturday, the staff of gathered to talk about the lessons they learned from the 20 months of The goal of was to inform people through social media, but its small size meant that it couldn’t do everything, Andy Carvin says. While the team wanted to […]

When journalists get their info from social media, audiences find the reports less credible

Press conferences, interviews, telephone calls — these are the traditional ways in which journalists source their stories. Today, however, many more options are available. From Facebook to Twitter to Google, journalists have many new ways to track down information to inform their reporting. But what do audiences think about these techniques? Do readers think social […]

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