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How do you deal with a problem like "fake news?" - 0 views

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    "Facebook will rely on users to report fake news despite evidence that suggests users have a difficult time assessing or identifying fake news. Teens seem to be especially vulnerable to fake news. A recent study by researchers at Stanford found that middle and high school students have a difficult time detecting fake news from real news, or detecting bias in tweets and Facebook statuses."
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Could 'fake text' be the next global political threat? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "he foresees fake text being used "for the production of [literal] 'fake news', or to potentially impersonate people who had produced a lot of text online, or simply to generate troll-grade propaganda for social n"
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Germany investigating unprecedented spread of fake news online | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "German government officials have said they are investigating an unprecedented proliferation of fake news items amid reports of Russian efforts to influence the country's election later this year."
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Humour over rumour? The world can learn a lot from Taiwan's approach to fake news | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Inoculating people from misinformation and tackling the "infodemic" are key to fighting the coronavirus. Tang, Taiwan's first transgender government minister and a self-described "civic hacker", has done this by fostering digital democracy: using technology to encourage civic participation and build consensus. Tang has also quashed faked news by implementing a 2-2-2 "humour over rumour" strategy. A response to misinformation is provided within 20 minutes, in 200 words or fewer, alongside two fun images. Early in the pandemic, for example, people were panic-buying toilet paper because of a rumour that it was being used to manufacture face masks; supplies were running out. So, the Taiwanese premier, Su Tseng-chang, released a cartoon of him wiggling his bum, with a caption saying: "We only have one pair of buttocks." It sounds silly, but it went viral. Humour can be far more effective than serious fact-checking."
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Rival disinformation campaigns targeted African users, Facebook says | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Rival French and Russian disinformation campaigns have sought to deceive and influence internet users in the Central African Republic ahead of an election later this month, Facebook said on Tuesday. Facebook said it was the first time it had seen foreign influence operations directly engage on its platforms, with fake accounts denouncing each other as "fake news"."
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These incredibly realistic fake faces show how algorithms can now mess with us - MIT Technology Review - 0 views

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    "The researchers, Tero Karras, Samuli Laine, and Timo Aila, came up with a new way of constructing a generative adversarial network, or GAN. GANs employ two dueling neural networks to train a computer to learn the nature of a data set well enough to generate convincing fakes. When applied to images, this provides a way to generate often highly realistic fakery. The same Nvidia researchers have previously used the technique to create artificial celebrities (read our profile of the inventor of GANs, Ian Goodfellow)."
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BBC warns of fake video claiming Ukraine carried out Kramatorsk attack | Ukraine | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The BBC has warned that a video carrying its branding in which it is claimed that a missile attack on a railway station that killed dozens of people was carried out by Ukraine is fake."
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Uber used Greyball fake app to evade police across Europe, leak reveals | Uber | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "It was a trick as audacious as it was ingenious. When police or regulators opened the Uber app, they would see exactly what the public saw: dozens of cars crawling around the city, waiting to be summoned. But there was one crucial difference: these cars were fake. Uber had built a dummy version of its own app, a secret tool known as Greyball, designed to throw regulators off the scent and help its unlicensed cab drivers evade the law."
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Targeted ads are one of the world's most destructive trends. Here's why | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "It has led to a proliferation of fake news and clickbait. It has fuelled surveillance capitalism and normalised pervasive tracking and data-mining. If we want to do something about the proliferation of misinformation and erosion of trust in traditional institutions, it is not enough to regulate or factcheck political adverts. We need to crack down on the use of personal information for all targeted advertising. Otherwise democracy will continue to erode, one highly optimised click at a time."
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AI call quiz: see if you can spot the sham audio of Trump and Biden | US elections 2024 | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Deepfakes have arrived to US elections, with a faked audio call purporting to be Joe Biden reaching voters in New Hampshire earlier this year. Artificial intelligence tools allow people to create spoofed audio easily and cheaply - so easily and cheaply that a journalist can do it! We created some fake audio clips of both Biden and Donald Trump using Parrot AI, an app with audio renditions of public figures that users can input words into. You can make audio of what sounds like Biden, Trump or a host of other high-profile speaking, and it sounds real-ish."
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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier - review | Books | The Guardian - 0 views

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    " If your consumption of content is tailored by near limitless observations harvested about people like you, how could your universe not collapse into the partial depiction of reality that people like you also enjoy? How could empathy and respect for difference thrive in this environment? Where's the incentive to stamp out fake accounts, fake news, paid troll armies, dyspeptic bots?"
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Those first ever up-close NASA images of Pluto are fake, say conspiracy theorists | Metro News - 0 views

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    You see these awesome, first ever up-close images of Pluto and its moon? Yeah, they're all fake. Every last one of them. According to conspiracy theorists, that is.
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AI image of Pope Francis in a puffer jacket fooled the internet and experts fear there's worse to come - 0 views

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    "A fake, AI-generated image of Pope Francis stepping out in a stylish white puffer jacket and bejewelled crucifix racked up millions of views over the weekend - with many mistaking it for a real image. Experts fear the rapidly developing technology behind the image could soon undermine our ability to distinguish fake photos, which can be generated in seconds, from reality."
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The future of fake news: don't believe everything you read, see or hear | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "However, there's a new breed of video and audio manipulation tools, made possible by advances in artificial intelligence and computer graphics, that will allow for the creation of realistic looking footage of public figures appearing to say, well, anything. Trump declaring his proclivity for water sports. Hillary Clinton describing the stolen children she keeps locked in her wine cellar. Tom Cruise finally admitting what we suspected all along … that he's a Brony."
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Overconfident of spotting fake news? If so, you may be more likely to fall victim | Digital media | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "When researchers looked at data measuring respondents' online behaviour, those with inflated perceptions of their abilities more frequently visited websites linked to the spread of false or misleading news. The overconfident participants were also less able to distinguish between true and false claims about current events and reported higher willingness to share false content, especially when it aligned with their political predispositions, the authors found."
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The Wikipedia War Over Kamala Harris's Race - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "Zvikorn, whose bio on the site describes an Israeli teen into sports history, has made more than 2,300 edits to Wikipedia articles over the past few years. "The main reason I edit Wikipedia is a strong belief that every person on the planet has the right to access the accumulated knowledge of humanity," he wrote. "Today it is only getting more important for mankind to find out the truth and not be exposed to believe fake news." But after his breaking-news edit, Kamala Harris's page on "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" quickly became a battleground-first over a sexist slur and then over racial identity-offering a grim preview of the attacks Harris is already facing as the presumptive Democratic nominee for vice president."
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In Sri Lanka, Facebook's dominance has cost lives | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But there is another set of Facebook stories that shines even more glaring light on the company's mismatch of power and responsibility. A good place to start is Sri Lanka: one of many countries where "fake news" is not the slightly jokey notion regularly played up by Trump, but sometimes a matter of life and death."
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Is India the frontline in big tech's assault on democracy? | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "the Financial Times quoted one Indian political source claiming that WhatsApp was "the echo chamber of all unmitigated lies, fakes and crap in India"."
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Facebook took action on a fake story on white vans - but what about these hoaxes? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "acebook has come under fire this week after a hoax story about women being abducted in white vans went viral on its platform. The site's algorithms are thought to have perpetuated the circulation of the story."
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Duterte warns Facebook against blocking Philippine government messages after fake accounts removed | South China Morning Post - 0 views

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    "Facebook on September 22 dismantled a network of fake accounts that originated in China and the Philippines, including some that criticised the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing Platforms such as Facebook have become political battlegrounds and have helped strengthen Duterte's support, having been instrumental in his 2016 election"
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