Facebook’s Fake News Problem
Facebook, Google to Stop Ads From Appearing on Fake News Sites (via Google Docs)
During the election, many people fell prey to fake news stories on social media — even the president-elect ended up retweeting fake statistics. Many of the sites on the list are aggregators – they take news stories from other sources and rewrite them with more inflammatory headlines and without contextual facts. Alex Jones, who runs InfoWars, said Trump personally called to thank him for helping him win the election. A college professor’s list of unreliable news sources. Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, put together a publicly available Google doc cataloging “False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources.” It’s been making the rounds on social media as people seek to cleanse their newsfeeds of misinformation. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. A professor of communication has created a list of unreliable news sites to help people do better. Breitbart, the “platform for the alt-right” whose chairman was just named Trump’s chief strategist, is on there, as is InfoWars.