AP: Study finds false stories travel way faster than the truth

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

A framework for understanding fake news 

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 

How to follow Reuters using open resources

As a former social media editor at Reuters, I picked up a few methods I used to help track the fast-moving stream of information that is available to online users. There are many resources for Reuters, but these are the ones that worked best for live coverage. [I should say right at the start that… Continue reading How to follow Reuters using open resources