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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Google reins in political advertising

The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads …

Group says misinformation on the rise on Facebook

An advocacy group tracking misinformation says it has found an increase in fake political news shared on Facebook ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in …

Americans think fake news is big problem, blame politicians

Half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it, according to a new survey.

UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

Facebook says it has banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.

UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019

Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information

Facebook says it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combating the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site

AI can make up news stories from handful of words

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has demonstrated a piece of software that can produce authentic-looking fake news articles after being given just a few …

On Twitter, a limited number of characters spreading fake info

A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016

People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on the social media site than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the …

Social media and misinformation: It’s a game of whack-a-mole

Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

Facebook’s election ‘war room’ takes aim at fake information

Inside the room are dozens of employees staring intently at their monitors while data streams across giant dashboards.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018

Newseum pulls ‘fake news’ shirts after outcry from journalists

At the end of a week in which getting the White House to clarify whether it considers the news media “the enemy of the people” was a major story, Poynter …

Allan B. Steen: It’s time for the news media to fight back

Not many Americans have heard of the Society of Professional Journalists, though probably more than 95 percent of the men and women who make up America’s news media are members. …

UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018

As rumors fuel mob lynchings in India, WhatsApp offers $50,000 grants to curb fake news

WhatsApp is offering research grants to social scientists to help it combat the spread of “misinformation” through the cross-platform messaging service. The move comes in the wake of a string …

Facebook’s battle against fake news now extends to Mexico

The Mexican election reflects the constantly mutating ways social media can be weaponized against democracy – and the immensity of Facebook’s global challenge.

UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018

Trump’s ‘phony’ source turns out to be White House official

President Donald Trump accused The New York Times on Saturday of inventing a source for a story who, in fact, was a White House official conducting a briefing for reporters …

Clarence Page: Trump calls media ‘corrupt’? Look who’s talking

In case you hadn’t figured it out by now, President Donald Trump has what most of us should have figured out: His campaign against “fake news” is really a war …

Trump suggests revoking reporters’ credentials

In his latest volley against the free press, President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that reporters have their credentials revoked for reporting negative news about him, calling such reporting “fake.”

Blind spot in the United States Constitution: fake news

In writing our national Constitution, the Founding Fathers created a marvelous document, which has stood the test of time in most areas critical to the health of our nation. However, …

UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018

Anti-Sinclair video to air in ad on Sinclair stations, including in Seattle

An anti-Sinclair ad featuring the Deadspin video mocking the company’s mandatory scripts will soon air on some of the company’s stations.

Facebook says it’s making progress in election preparedness

Facebook says it is making progress weeding out fake accounts and fake news on its service as part of its efforts to prevent election interference ahead of the U.S. midterms.

UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

Stung by accusations of spreading “fake news,” the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively …

‘Fake news’ smear takes hold among politicians at all levels

An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from …

UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon

An Idaho lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a …

UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018

Trump, press trade good-natured if barbed jokes at Gridiron

President Donald Trump and his political allies and opponents found common ground with members of the Washington press corps Saturday night, taking and giving humorous jabs at each other at …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What’s going on with 42 percent of Republicans?

This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans. It is also a column about trust.

Kathleen Parker: Only a matter of time

It was probably only a matter of time before some unbalanced person decided that he needed to take out a few members of the “fake news” media. And it was …

Pope: ‘Fake news’ is evil, journalists must search for truth

Pope Francis is denouncing “fake news” as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth.

Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide …