Overconfident of spotting fake news? If so, you may be more likely to fall victim
Are you a purveyor of fake news? People who are most confident about their ability to discern between fact and fiction are also the most likely to fall victim to misinformation, a US study suggests. Source: The Guardian. Read all the paper.
‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation
There’s a decent chance you’ve had at least one of these rumors, all false, relayed to you as fact recently: that President Biden plans to force Americans to eat less meat; that Virginia is eliminating advanced math in schools to advance racial equality; and that border officials are mass-purchasing copies of Vice President Kamala Harris’s book to hand out to refugee children. Source: The New York Times. Read…
Journalism students now need training for ‘vile’ online abuse they will face, study finds
The study, published in the Journal of the Association for Journalism Education, found that abuse has become “more commonplace, more vile and more serious” in ways that can impact young journalists’ emotional well-being and lead them to doubt their abilities. Source: Press Gazette. Read all the paper.
Facebook braces for showdown with world leaders after Trump ban
In India, the government passed rules to give itself a greater say over what's posted on social media. In Poland, lawmakers drafted proposals to stop Facebook and others from deleting potentially harmful posts or banning people who broke their community standards. In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, the country's populist president, threatened to do the same after the local supreme court ordered Facebook to ban several of his top allies. Source:…
How a Google Street View image of your house predicts your risk of a car accident
Google Street View has become a surprisingly useful way to learn about the world without stepping into it. People use it to plan journeys, to explore holiday destinations, and to virtually stalk friends and enemies alike. Source: Technology Review. Read all the paper.