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Fake news is not the real problem

Fake news is not the real problem

Breaking News
 It’s the Internet’s fault, we’re told. Brexiters and Remainers, Republicans and Democrats — every side of every political dispute now lives in its own separate reality, bellowing “fake news!” at every attempt to breach their borders of belief. The fragmentation of the media, coupled with the filter-bubble effect and the dominance of Facebook and Google,… Read More
Racist trolls using abuse victims' photos to make fake claims of attacks at 'Black Panther' shows

Racist trolls using abuse victims' photos to make fake claims of attacks at 'Black Panther' shows

Politics
The latest Marvel superhero movie Black Panther is out! Its Thursday opening is expected to have raked in over $25 million—yes, in one night.  Unfortunately, racists hate to see black people have any joy—and some are doing anything possible to chip away at it. Just take a look at this recent heinous example of the tactics used by racist people to spread misinformation. Warning: screenshots including some of the graphic photos are included below. BuzzFeed News reports that racists are using Twitter to share photos of bloody and/or bruised white women with false claims that they’re the result of being attacked by black people at Black Panther movie screenings.  xFake posts are being created to make black people look bad and the sad part of it is some people will believe them #BlackPant
Fake and stupid fight for top billing in Donald Trump Jr.'s attack on Olympian

Fake and stupid fight for top billing in Donald Trump Jr.'s attack on Olympian

Politics
Donald Trump Jr. sure is his father’s son. Junior tweeted a personal attack on gay Olympian Adam Rippon for having had the nerve to criticize Mike Pence on policy. Rippon called out Pence’s homophobic positions in a January interview, but then tried to move past that and put the focus on the Olympics. Junior had a problem with this: xReally? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once??? https://t.co/8lcCsoyBsq— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 14, 2018 Uh, Uday? Pence asked for a meeting with Rippon, which Rippon rejected. And smarmed all over him on Twitter: x.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my
China launches salvo against “network navy” of trolls who spread fake news

China launches salvo against “network navy” of trolls who spread fake news

Technology
Enlarge / A website for a Chinese "Internet Navy" offering search engine optimization and other marketing services. These types of operations are being targeted by Chinese authorities for "illegal Internet speculation." (credit: Sina News) While Facebook and Twitter have been fighting the scourge of organized efforts to use social media to misinform and use their platforms as part of "influence campaigns," China is battling its own Internet troll and "fake news" problem, according to a report from Liu Yi Zhan of China's Xinhua News Agency. But while Facebook and Twitter can only ban accounts, Chinese officials can throw those who participate in "illegal Internet speculation" in jail. Since last May, more than 200 people in China have been arrested, and thousands of others have found the
Anti-Muslim commentator shares fake video to prove immigrants are dangerous

Anti-Muslim commentator shares fake video to prove immigrants are dangerous

Politics
Noted anti-Muslim commentator and activist Pamela Geller included a video in the February 11 edition of her newsletter, intended to prove that immigrants posed a dangerous threat. Unfortunately, the video appears to be a hoax. The video, titled “Immigrants in Italy,” depicts a group of people battering an Italian police car with bats and sticks while others cheer on. By including the video in her newsletter, Gellar, who has claimed that President Obama is radical Muslim who “wants jihad to win” and has ties to white supremacists and European right-wing extremist factions, was likely attempting to capitalize off of anti-immigrant fear in Italy just weeks before the country’s general election where immigration is anticipated to be a hot button issue. As noted b