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EU lawmakers say it’s time to go further on tackling disinformation

EU lawmakers say it’s time to go further on tackling disinformation A major European Commission review of a Code of Practice aimed at combating the spread of disinformation online has concluded the self-regulatory instrument is failing to deliver enough transparency or accountability from the tech platforms and advertisers signed up to it. […]

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Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia as it lobbies against revenue share law

Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia as it lobbies against revenue share law Adtech giant and self-styled ‘free speech champion’, Facebook, has threatened to pull the plug on the public sharing of news content on Facebook and Instagram in Australia. The aggressive threat is Facebook’s attempt to lobby against a […]

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Facebook pushes EU for dilute and fuzzy Internet content rules

Facebook pushes EU for dilute and fuzzy Internet content rules Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Europe this week — attending a security conference in Germany over the weekend where he spoke about the kind of regulation he’d like applied to his platform ahead of a slate of planned meetings with digital […]

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Why the world must pay attention to the fight against disinformation and fake news in Taiwan

Why the world must pay attention to the fight against disinformation and fake news in Taiwan On Saturday, Taiwan will hold its presidential election. This year, the outcome is even more important than usual because it will signal what direction the country’s people want its relationship with China, which claims Taiwan as […]

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Facebook bowed to a Singapore government order to brand a news post as false

Facebook bowed to a Singapore government order to brand a news post as false Facebook added a correction notice to a post by a fringe news site that Singapore’s government said contained false information. It’s the first time the government has tried to enforce a new law against ‘fake news’ outside its […]

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Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission

Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission It’s a year since the European Commission got a bunch of adtech giants together to spill ink on a voluntary Code of Practice to do something — albeit, nothing very quantifiable — as a first step to stop the spread […]

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Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns

Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns A report by campaign group Avaaz examining how Facebook’s platform is being used to spread hate speech in the Assam region of North East India suggests the company is once again failing to prevent its platform […]

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SmartNews’ head of product on how the news discovery app wants to free readers from filter bubbles

SmartNews’ head of product on how the news discovery app wants to free readers from filter bubbles Since launching in the United States five years ago, SmartNews, the news aggregation app that recently hit unicorn status, has quietly built a reputation for presenting reliable information from a wide range of publishers. The […]

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US sanctions two Russians for cyber-related election interference

US sanctions two Russians for cyber-related election interference The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions against two Russian nationals accused of working for a notorious disinformation unit. In a statement, the Treasury said Igor Nesterov, 34; and Denis Kuzmin, 28, worked for the so-called Internet Research Agency, a secretive organization tasked with spreading […]

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This game uses troll tactics to teach critical thinking

This game uses troll tactics to teach critical thinking The best medicine against online disinformation is an informed society that’s thinking critically. The problem is there are no shortcuts to universal education. Enter Finnish Public Broadcasting Company, Yle, which is hoping to harness the engagement power of gamification to accelerate awareness and […]

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