In an effort to crack down on propaganda, YouTube will begin labeling videos that are uploaded by state-sponsored news media. The Google-owned video giant announced the move in a Friday blog post that said, "Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help them better understand the sources of news content that they choose to watch on YouTube." The label will appear below the video and above its title. It will include a link to the broadcaster's Wikipedia page. It's expected that the new feature will impact a range of outlets, from the United States' PBS to Britain's BBC to Russia's RT. YouTube was one of several social media platforms that RT used to push pro-Donald Trump and anti-Hilary Clinton propaganda during the 2016 presidential election. The feature will begin rolling out in the U.S. today. YouTube acknowledges that "we don't expect it to be perfect," and said that users can submit feedback to help the company improve the feature over … [Read more...] about Amid “Fake News” Debate, YouTube Will Now Label State-Sponsored Videos
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Donald Trump isn't the only one crying "fake news." Topshop — a British fast-fashion retailer — is now offering denim which features a bright red vertical track stripe reading "FAKE NEWS" in white block letters over and over, not unlike a CNN (or Fox News, if you're the president) news ticker.The moto jeans, which mock Trump's second-favorite arbitrarily capitalized Twitter phrase behind "Crooked Hillary," can be yours for just $90. Topshop, we assume, uses the phrase ironically, as crying "FAKE NEWS" has become internet slang used to shut down any argument that contradicts your deep-seated beliefs. For reference, here it is used in a (hypothetical) exchange: "What do you mean, the Boring Backstreet Boys have sold more albums than NSYNC? FAKE NEWS! Everyone knows NSYNC is the best!"Though the slogan jeans appear to be a lighthearted fast-fashion jab at 45, some critics expressed concern that in today's culture, the president's pet phrase has been … [Read more...] about Topshop Is Selling Fake News (Jeans)
Fake news is a major issue.No, we don’t mean the sorts of reporting that the president often conflates with “fake news.” CNN is not fake news. Poor poll numbers are not fake news.Fake news is exactly what it sounds like: it’s made-up fiction that is designed to get clicks and revenue by preying on those who simply don’t realize that they’re reading nonsense.That’s where these librarians in Seattle come in. They recognize how serious the fake news problem is, so they’re arming their kids with the tools to identify it.According to the Seattle Times, librarians like Lakeside School’s Janelle Hagen are “equipping students to fight through lies, distortion and trickery to find their way to truth.”She explained her decision to teach classes on “digital life” and media literacy to fifth- and eighth-graders like this: It was because of all of the buzz (about fake news). You can look at the Google … [Read more...] about Librarians in Seattle Are Teaching Little Kids To Identify Fake News
It’s been a while since we talked about Cheddar, the news startup that covers products and services “through the lens of the companies and executives” driving change. Cheddar is geared toward millennials and you may have noticed one of their streams auto-playing on your Twitter homepage as a result. You know who else is targeting millennials? Conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren is. Naturally, she appeared on Cheddar today to talk about the scourge of fake news.Facebook has been under fire lately for failing to adequately address what many see is a fault in its algorithms that allows fake news to flourish and misinform countless people. At first, Mark Zuckerberg refused to admit that his site could have had a hand in how the election turned out, but now Facebook and Google are both “cracking down” on false stories.The crackdown comes too little too late in many people’s eyes but Lahren, for one, agrees with Zuckerberg’s initial claims … [Read more...] about Tomi Lahren Bats Away Suggestion That Clinton Lost Due to Facebook’s ‘Fake News’
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.In the wake of Trump’s election, there has been a sustained and sudden backlash against these types of outlets and stories. Buzzfeed suggests that fake news may have outperformed real news on Election Day, The Washington Post quotes a fake news creator who is convinced he got Trump elected. In response to the backlash, The New York Times reports that both Google and Facebook are looking at ways to clamp down on fake news, with both already deciding to deny ad revenue to those sites.Let me say right off the bat that I can’t get too outraged about fake news, because I don’t buy the narrative that fake news actually decided the election. That claim seems to misunderstand how the average voter absorbs these stories to begin with. People sharing stories about how Clinton secretly murdered FBI agents aren’t undecideds who are trying to decide one way or the other, they’re rabid anti-Clintonites.In general, people who fall for … [Read more...] about So You Want to Clamp Down on Fake News. Who Decides What’s Fake?
Editor’s Note: There is an update to this story provided by the network’s general manager at the bottom of this piece.Mediaite writer’s room laughed out loud in shocked disbelief when we read the first headline this morning from the International Business Times: Oops! CNN’s Boston TV channel accidentally broadcasts 30 minutes of hardcore pornThe story was written by Mary-Ann Russon and detailed how CNN aired a half hour of hardcore porn in what was supposed to be the time slot for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown late last night (feel free to enter any variation of “parts unknown” joke here). The piece features a number of Tweets from one user in particular: @solikearose, a user in Boston who asked her cable provider RCN via Twitter last night, “@universalhub did anyone else with @RCNconnects in Boston see the hardcore porn that was broadcast on @CNN by mistake?” The cable provider RCN services homes in the Boston, New York, Philadelphia … [Read more...] about Did the Media Fall For a Fake Story About CNN Airing 30 Minutes of Hardcore Porn Last Night?
thy name is TechCrunch; the technology news outlet fell for a fake news story Thursday about how Facebook was flagging fake news stories.“Facebook quietly tests warnings on fake news,” reported the site, writing that, “Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test.”The story was based off a screenshot from an unnamed source that indeed appeared to a show a “fake news” warning. “The warning read,s ‘This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending.’ In some cases, ‘State-Sponsored News’ appears as a reason,” wrote TechCrunch.That prompted reports from other respected news outlets: “Facebook tests warning labels on fake news, report says,” wrote USA Today. The story got even wider attention when it got the coveted Drudge Report link.But alas, it wasn’t true. The screenshot was real … [Read more...] about Media Fall For Fake News Story About Fake News Stories on Facebook
The Washington Post, all of which were critical of president-elect Donald Trump and his flirtation with the Russians.First, there was a much-belated correction to a November story which uncritically passed along the accusation that the Russian government was behind the explosion in fake news during the 2016 presidential election. One of those groups making that claim was PropOrNot, which maintains a list of media sources that they believe are proprietors of Russian propaganda. That propaganda effort, they claim, was designed to elect Trump.The problem is, that list was very, very flawed and the “experts” who curated it are completely anonymous. Posting only one story that merely aligned with Russian interests was enough to earn a spot on their list. Media outlets that ended up tarred as Russian propagandists were incensed.That led to a huge editor’s note being attached to the story recently: Editor’s Note: The Washington Post on Nov. 24 published a story on the … [Read more...] about is Sure Publishing a Lot of ‘Fake News’ About Donald Trump, Russia Lately
It’s a longstanding tradition that in White House Press conferences, after a statement form the Press Secretary, the first question goes to the Associated Press. The outlet is the world’s oldest and largest (as well as bipartisan) news gathering organization. At Sean Spicer’s first press conference Monday, though, it was the conservative tabloid the New York Post that was chosen to ask the first question. It, uh, did not go over super well.But at Tuesday’s conference, Spicer had a surprise in store for anyone who thought that indicated a decline in the relationship and respect between the White House and the press. Because for today’s first question, Spicer skipped the AP, skipped the New York Post, and went to a publication called LifeZette.I’ll wait while you Google that thing you’ve never heard of.LifeZette is a super-conservative, pro-Trump site based in, let’s say, “alternative facts.” You know, the … [Read more...] about At Today’s White House Press Conference, the First Question Came From an Actual Fake News Site
Cenk Uygur isn’t happy Trump got elected, but he is fine with stealing parts of his playbook. Not the bad moves — just the ones that are, arguably, good. As the main host and co-creator of The Young Turks, a progressive show which began on Sirius and now lives online, Uygur is after the same slice of the populist pie as the president he so despises. Cenk Uygur isn’t a household name, but perhaps he should be. He is, literally, internet-famous. The Young Turks gets 200 million views a month, meaning he has more fans than a Wolf Blitzer or a Joe Scarborough.In other words, Uygur is using both new media and the populist revolution unleashed by the Orange Menace to hoover up an unprecedented amount of followers. Uygur swung by IFP Week 2017 for a talk moderated by New York Times Media Columnist Jim Rutenberg about the unusual niche he’s carved out in the media landscape. Throughout the hour, he exhibited the kinds of traits we’ve come to … [Read more...] about “Gain the Trust of the Audience”: Cenk Uygur Talks Trump, News and the Internet at IFP Week