The story of who controls curation on the web (and how they do it) has entered a new chapter.
I spoke to Slate reporter Will Oremus on the double-sided coin that is the modern web for a feature about how referral traffic from Facebook has tanked for many web publishers (including, sadly, Slate): For every five people that Facebook used to send to Slate about a year ago, it now sends less than one.… Continue reading Slate on Facebook’s “retreat” from news
From the Associated Press: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at more than 126,000 stories tweeted millions of times between 2006 and the end of 2016 — before Donald Trump took office but during the combative presidential campaign. They found that “fake news” sped through Twitter “farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the… Continue reading AP: Study finds false stories travel way faster than the truth
The Wikimedia Foundation (which operates Wikipedia and its associated community projects like Creative Commons) funded new research into the supply and distribution of misinformation, fake news and falsified content. The research provides a helpful framework that makes it easier to discuss this complex and tricky topic. The representative chart below divides trends of fake news… Continue reading A framework for understanding fake news