If you can control what people know, then you can control what they think.
In this well-researched Upshot article by Brendan Nyhan, imposter local news sites to promote ideological agendas, political parties and candidates are on the rise and designed to exploit the public’s trust in local news sources.
Great article by The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins that explains the architecture of disinformation and censorship through noise. Worth the (long) read.
It’s true—in this age of Facebook and Twitter, just about anyone can share what they know. And thanks to the internet, that information travels at breakneck speed to potentially global audiences in a single keystroke, but that doesn’t make it journalism. In fact, this phenomenon reinforces why journalists need to distinguish themselves.
TikTok has quickly grown to become one of the most popular social media apps in the mobile industry. While it’s not officially supposed to be used by anyone under 13 (and under-18s technically need approval from a parent or guardian), nobody’s enforcing the age limits.
Only slightly more than half of Americans find that it is simple to determine if something is either news or opinion. The worst area of confusion is social media, where just 43 percent of people said they could easily sort news from opinion.
TikTok, a social media platform popular with children and teenagers for making and sharing funny videos, is suffering from the same misinformation virus as other social media platforms.
A warm welcome back to all our news literacy students and NewsLiteracyMatters.com subscribers. Spring classes begin today at Hunter College, which means our website is back in business. And just in time for the first-ever National News Literacy Week.
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.