News on How Misinformation Spreads

A group of Facebook engineers identified a “massive ranking failure” that exposed as much as half of all News Feed views to “integrity risks” over the past six months, according to an internal report on the incident obtained by The Verge. The engineers first noticed the issue last October, when a sudden surge of misinformation […]

The midterm election season is heating up across New York City with candidates going door-to-door to collect petitions for the primary contests set for June. But remnants of last year’s November election still linger and could be a prelude to the coming months. One sign in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn is just such a harbinger. The […]

As war envelops Ukraine, Russian sources have strived to create a miasma of disinformation about the invasion. Among ample efforts to distort reality, the Russian Ministry of Defense asserted recently that U.S.-backed labs in Ukraine have been developing bioweapons. Outlandish as this falsehood may be, Fox’s Tucker Carlson gave it credence by arguing that the […]

Carl Heneghan is an epidemiologist first and foremost, professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford, probably many other things – good citizen, well-liked family member – and then, way down the list, a person on Twitter. In other words he doesn’t create social media storms for fun, nor does he have any track record of contrarianism. […]

For weeks, Russia’s military assault on Ukraine has been complemented by full-fledged information warfare. The Kremlin has propagandized Russian state media, and is trying to control the narrative online too. We’ve seen a bombardment of “imposter content” circulating — including fake news reports and deepfake videos – while Ukrainians and the rest of the world […]

A roundtable focused on misinformation challenges in Canada and what, if anything, we can do about it. About this event This year has been marked by an influx of misinformation, from truckers motivated by COVID-19 medical misinformation to Russian information warfare and conspiracies about Ukrainian biolabs. Hear from an expert roundtable of journalists, academics, and […]

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When it comes to information, we are no longer one nation, undivided. The problem has been developing at least since 2010, when my friend Julian Sanchez noted the growing “epistemic closure” on the right. “Reality is defined by a multimedia array of interconnected and cross promoting conservative blogs, radio programs, magazines, and of course, Fox News,” […]

Okay this is embarrassing: The news I shared the other day, about the sharing of fake news, was fake. That news—which, again, let’s be clear, was fake—concerned a well-known MIT study from 2018 that analyzed the spread of news stories on Twitter. Using data drawn from 3 million Twitter users from 2006 to 2017, the […]

When Carl Bergstrom worked on plans to prepare the United States for a hypothetical pandemic, in the early 2000s, he and his colleagues were worried vaccines might not get to those who needed them most. “We thought the problem would be to keep people from putting up barricades and stopping the truck and taking all […]

It’s a set of actions that’s probably familiar to many Facebook users by now: You see a friend — perhaps an older relative or someone you’ve lost touch with over the years — share questionable, offensive, or downright inaccurate posts, and eventually you reach for that “Unfollow” button. A new study published last week in the […]

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