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Facebook is beefing up its security in South Africa ahead of elections

One of the most unexpected presidential elections in history (that one experienced by the US in 2016) could have been influenced by Facebook and targeted ads by Russian bots. People do go on about it and Facebook has said that it’s very, very sorry. Facebook also really doesn’t want a similar catastrophe to take place in South Africa in 2019’s elections. To improve transparency and combat th...[Read More]

WhatsApp is testing an image search tool to fight fake news

The messaging service, WhatsApp, is working on a feature that’ll allow users to do reverse-image searches. This will hopefully help combat fake news -- something WhatsApp has struggled with in the recent past.

Don’t be fooled by fake images and videos online

Advances in artificial intelligence have made it easier to create compelling and sophisticated fake images, videos and audio recordings. Meanwhile, misinformation proliferates on social media, and a polarized public may have become accustomed to being fed news that conforms to their worldview.

WhatsApp limits forwarding to five instances to curb fake news

That image of your littlest nephew sitting on the couch all chocolate-covered, with a half-eaten banana and a manic grin on his face? WhatsApp will only let you forward that image a maximum of five times, thanks to silly people who believe everything that they read. The messaging app has announced that it will be limiting available forwards from 20 groups or people down to just five. The reasoning...[Read More]

WhatsApp wants researchers to tackle its fake news problem – here’s an idea

Last February, Cadbury Chocolate fell victim to a hoax. The image below went viral in an Indonesian WhatsApp group called “Viral Media Johor”, and later in a Nigerian group. But the problem that this story and others like it pose is real. Rumours, hoaxes and misinformation find fertile breeding ground on social media. But as Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms increasingly c...[Read More]

Facebook South Africa has partnered with Africa Check and AFP to combat fake news

The world’s largest social network, Facebook, has announced that it has partnered with Africa Check and French news organisation AFP to provide third-party fact-checking services in an effort to combat fake news and other false or misleading content on the platform in South Africa. The company also launched third-party fact checking in Kenya yesterday. If you’re even remotely interesti...[Read More]

How the latest tech and some healthy activism can curb fake news

The term “fake news” has become ubiquitous over the past two years. The Cambridge English dictionary defines it as “false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke”. As part of a global push to curb the spread of deliberate misinformation, researchers are trying to understand what drives people to share fa...[Read More]

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

When Mark Zuckerberg told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence to detect fake news posted on the social media site, he wasn’t particularly specific about what that meant. Given my own work using image and video analytics, I suggest the company should be careful. Despite some basic potential flaws, AI can be a useful tool for spotting online propaganda – but it can also be startlingl...[Read More]

Why Facebook is the reason fake news is here to stay

The bitter truth buried in recent headlines about how the political consulting company – Cambridge Analytica – used social media and messaging, primarily Facebook and WhatsApp, to try to sway voters in presidential elections in the US and Kenya is simply this: Facebook is the reason why fake news is here to stay. Various news outlets, and former Cambridge Analytica executives themselves, confirmed...[Read More]

Zuckerberg vows to refocus Facebook which senior executive admits allowed fake news to “corrode democracy”

Having been manipulated by Russian internet trolls and the pervasive spread of fake news, Facebook has effectively admitted it can’t cope with news as CEO Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to fix the world’s largest social network. Facebook will deprioritise news and bump up personal updates from family and friends, and start “focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you ...[Read More]

Anti-vaxxers are modern-day flat-earthers who deny reality because it fits their world view

Most of the 89,780 people who died of measles globally last year were children under the age of five, according to the World Health Organisation. “Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available,” the medical body states in its Measles fact sheet. “Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused ...[Read More]

How to help kids navigate fake news and misinformation online

Young people get a huge amount of their news from social media feeds, where false, exaggerated or sponsored content is often prevalent. With the right tools, caregivers can give kids the knowledge they need to assess credible information for themselves. Being able to identify the trustworthiness of information is an important concern for everyone. Yet the sheer volume of material online and the sp...[Read More]

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