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Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


Facebook stumbles with early effort to stamp out fake news

Facebook’s strategy to stamp out fake news is struggling. The company outsources the process to third-party fact checkers who can only tackle a small fraction of the bogus news that …


Milbank: Dear Leader upgrades First Amendment

Each morning I get a call from Gorka with my assignment. I write it up, and then it’s up to the Russian bots to spread the word on social media.


Fact-checking fake news on Facebook works – just too slowly

Facebook’s effort to limit the spread of fake news using outside fact-checkers appears to be having an effect – though that finding comes with a major caveat.


Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe

One of Facebook’s top executives met Wednesday with House members investigating the company’s Russia-linked ads and told them the social media giant is serious about dealing with the issue.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Facebook security chief warns of dangers to fake-news solutions

Facebook’s chief security officer warned that the fake-news problem is more complicated and dangerous to solve than the public thinks.


Trump targets Senate intel committee over Russia probe

President Donald Trump is criticizing the Senate intelligence committee over its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and associates of the Trump campaign.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 8:45 a.m.

Trump suggests Senate Intelligence Committee investigate ‘fake news networks’

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies that he believes are reporting information that is “just made up.”


Trump misfired on tweet about Iranian missile launch

When President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Iran had “just test-fired” a missile, he seemed to know something the rest of the government did not. Turns out, he did …


The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch’s tabloid revolution

Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth – and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul’s tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. A …


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


Lawmakers seek Facebook data on Russian meddling in U.S. election

Congress needs more information on Russia’s use of social media to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, including from Facebook and Twitter, the top Democrats on the Senate and House …


Not Real News: A Look At What Didn’t Happen This Week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


Trump is plenty popular … in Russia

While it’s generous of Putin to put his bots to work for Trump, this White House is perfectly capable of importing Russian-style propaganda without help from Moscow.


Angelina Jolie says child casting story is false, upsetting

Angelina Jolie says accounts of her casting process for children to appear in her film “First They Killed My Father” are false and upsetting. An excerpt from a Vanity Fair …


Gary Crooks: Fake news, real news and political bubbles

The mainstream media is a fair target for criticism, but you have to ask yourself this when you dismiss it as a legitimate source of information: Compared to what?


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Gary Crooks: (full speech) Fake news, real news and political bubbles

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UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 9:08 p.m.

Media organizations criticize Trump for tweeted video

In his latest jab at the media, President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted a mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit – his face obscured …


Trump appears to promote violence against CNN with tweet

A day after defending his use of social media as befitting a “modern day” president, President Donald Trump appeared to promote violence against CNN in a tweet.


Trudy Rubin: Comey spotlighted the fuzz-free truth

The difference between the Kremlin and the White House is that, in Russia, government officials and the state-owned media faithfully parrot Putin’s narrative.


Russia denies reports of hacking Qatar’s state news agency

Russian officials on Wednesday denied allegations that Russian hackers breached Qatar’s state news agency and planted a fake news story that led to a split between Qatar and the other …


Facebook launches war on clickbait headlines

Facebook on Thursday launched an assault designed to crack down on clickbait headlines, in a push to banish “fake news” from its news feeds.


Analysis: Why CNN can – and did – refuse to air Trump’s new ad targeting ‘fake news’

In a self-congratulatory ad marking his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump labels major television networks “fake news.” So CNN is refusing to sell the president airtime to …


Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda

Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.


Analysis: Millennials don’t like Trump, but he has successfully warped their view of ‘fake news’

President Donald Trump’s approval rating among 18- to 29-year-olds stands at 32 percent, according to a poll published Tuesday by the Harvard Institute of Politics – 10 points lower than …


Facebook targets 30,000 fake France accounts before election

Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country’s presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation.


FBI director: Public should be aware agenda-driven fake news

FBI Director James Comey said Americans should be aware of foreign efforts to undermine confidence in U.S. elections and mindful of the possibility that what they’re reading might be part …


Margaret Sullivan: Don’t be fooled by bogus information

“There is a generation of digital natives who nevertheless are quite digitally naive,” Mantzarlis notes.


‘Find the leakers,’ Trump tells media as wiretapping issue refuses to die down

President Donald Trump on Sunday called on the “fake news media” to turn its attention to questions of illegal government surveillance and ferreting out the leakers within his administration.