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Facebook’s refusal to censor political speech or false ads from politicians has given rise to a basic question: Who is considered a politician?
As a critical news consumer, it is important to remember that even major news outlets make mistakes. Case in point: a video from Kentucky misrepresented as one from Syria.
TV stations don’t spy on each other with secret cameras or listening devices — but they do keep close tabs on each other.
In the midst of political protests, road blockages, and deadly conflict in Bolivia, raw information, misinformation and disinformation are all spreading rapidly across social media platforms. Thankfully, two relatively new fact-checking teams at ChequeaBolivia and Bolivia Verifica are helping the public determine what is real news and what is fake.
Fake news stories about the 2020 election on Facebook are being produced and viewed at an unprecedented rate.
Recycled, outdated news stories are yet another threat to news consumers–especially if they get their news on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Surprisingly, yes. Last year, hackers managed to take over some verified accounts on Twitter and change the handle — but keep the blue checkmark.
TikTok is one of the world’s fastest growing social media platforms, thanks in part to its popularity with tweens and teens. But the platform is also attracting the attention of several U.S. senators because of potential threats to national security and privacy.
Twitter has banned political ads on its social media platform, but the criteria of what constitutes “political” remains unclear.