fake news

YouTube

YouTube’s Bad Anti-Conspiracy Algorithm Links Notre Dame Fire to 9/11 Attacks

The "information panel" feature, which is supposed to defend against fake news spread, promoted a link to terror attacks.
Samantha Cole
4.15.19
The Truth and Lies Issue

How a Young Girl's Death in 2000 Gave Birth to an Urban Legend

On July 1, in a tiny English village, eight-year-old Sarah Payne was playing with her brothers and sister in a country lane. Then she wasn’t. The media panic that followed is a case study in how urban legends are born and spread.
Gavin Haynes
3.11.19
The Truth and Lies Issue

What Facebook Is Getting Wrong in the Fight Against Fake News

Brooke Binkowski spends her days in search of the misinformation and propaganda that have infected digital media. We caught up with her to talk Facebook and fact-checking.
David Uberti
3.11.19
The Truth and Lies Issue

Why People Post Fake News

When it comes to the stories we share on the internet, the line between empirical truth and emotional truth can be extremely hard to parse.
Emilie Friedlander
3.11.19
The Truth and Lies Issue

The Latest Issue of VICE Magazine Gets to the Bottom of Belief, Memory, and Our Understanding of Reality

We have stories on the Mandela Effect, the increasing belief in extraterrestrials, how social media shapes our memories, and more.
ELLIS JONES
3.11.19
italy

The Very Busy Mayor of Bologna Is on Twitter Calling Spaghetti Bolognese 'Fake News'

The mayor of Bologna says the popular dish is a bunch of... bologna. But not everyone agrees.
Jelisa Castrodale
3.1.19
retractions

Researchers Retract Study That Said Fake News Is Just as Likely to Go Viral as the Truth

A paper that claimed the quality of information doesn't factor into how viral it becomes under conditions of "information overload" has been retracted.
Jordan Pearson
1.10.19
fake news

Boomers Share the Most Fake News on Facebook, Study Finds

A new study found that age was the main factor that determined whether someone would spread misinformation on Facebook.
Sarah Emerson
1.9.19
Media

I Sent Fake Versions of Myself on TV and Everyone Fell for It

I'm no good at doing press for my shed story, so I thought it might be fun to get some other people to do it instead.
Oobah Butler
Jake Lewis
10.17.18
politics

How Brazil's Far Right Is Weaponizing Fake News

Borrowing from the Trump campaign’s successful strategy in the 2016 elections, Jair Bolsonaro is relying on “firehosing” to increase his chances of winning the Brazilian presidency—and it’s working.
Amauri Eugênio Jr.
10.11.18
one job

Journalists Are Not Social Media Platforms’ Unpaid Content Moderators

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted how much the platform relies on reports from journalists on to counter offending content on the site.
Jason Koebler
Joseph Cox
9.5.18
In Moderation

Facebook’s Own Training Materials Fell for Fake News

As the 2 billion user-strong platform grapples with misinformation, a training document for Facebook content moderators incorrectly claimed an image was of violence in Myanmar.
Joseph Cox
9.5.18
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