Hoax

03.15.18
Wikipedia had no idea it would become a YouTube fact checker
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Wikipedia had no idea it would become a YouTube fact checker

YouTube wants to link to third-party sites to stem the spread of misinformation.

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02.23.18
YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling dangerous conspiracies
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YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling dangerous conspiracies

It removed a video that claimed a school shooting survivor was an actor.

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12.29.17
Alleged swatting hoax ends in the death of a father of two (updated)
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Alleged swatting hoax ends in the death of a father of two (updated)

The hoax was apparently sparked by a disagreement over a ‘Call of Duty’ game.

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02.06.17
Facebook and Google tackle fake news ahead of French elections
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Facebook and Google tackle fake news ahead of French elections

The tech companies teamed with major news organizations on a series of verification tools.

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01.31.17
Facebook tweaks the feed to bury fake news and clickbait
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Facebook tweaks the feed to bury fake news and clickbait

The company trained its algorithms to recognize sketchy content and rank it lower than more legitimate posts.

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11.19.16
Recommended Reading: Fake news writer takes blame for Trump's win
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Recommended Reading: Fake news writer takes blame for Trump's win

The best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web.

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11.14.16
Facebook didn't stop fake news because it's afraid of conservatives
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Facebook didn't stop fake news because it's afraid of conservatives

Update to the social network would have disproportionately removed right wing-appealing stories.

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