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- Hyperpartisan Facebook pages are publishing false information at an alarming rate. A BuzzFeed News analysis found that three big right-wing Facebook pages published false or misleading information 38% of the time during the period analyzed, and three large left-wing pages did so in nearly 20% of posts.
- “Objectively, I am the new media.” The New Yorker interviewed Mike Cernovich, the meme mastermind of the alt-right. “Cernovich lives fifty miles south of Los Angeles, in a deep-red congressional district. On the Internet, he represents himself as a Pulitzer-worthy journalist who runs Cernovich Media, a global worldwide brand. When we first spoke, on the phone, I asked him whether he worked from home or in an office full of employees. Chuckling, he said, ‘It’s definitely just me, dude.’”
- ICYMI: FiveThirtyHate, the Trump movement’s post-truth, post-math anti-Nate Silver. Tweeting an average of 270 times per day, Bill Mitchell has arguably become Donald Trump’s most unrelenting social media surrogate.
- Facebook’s Trending algorithm can’t stop fake news, computer scientists say. The Trending product has repeatedly promoted false news, and experts say it may get worse as the company scales Trending internationally. The bigger problem, however, is that Facebook seems incapable of rooting out hoaxes even after acknowledging they are clearly fake news.
- Facebook plans to reduce censorship, show more offensive but newsworthy content. The move comes after criticism of Facebook’s temporary censorship of the famous “Napalm Girl” photo of a nude child from the Vietnam War, which was shared by a Norwegian journalist and later by the newspaper he works for. Eventually the company retreated and restored shares of the photo after a heavy media and public backlash.
“In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards. We will work with our community and partners to explore exactly how to do this, both through new tools and approaches to enforcement. Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.”
- Facebook says it still isn’t a media company despite deciding what’s newsworthy. The problem, as Facebook sees it, is that some images and content that seem innocuous in one country or culture may be seen as offensive or even illegal in another.
- Facebook ‘deliberately targeting’ Palestinian accounts after meeting with Israeli government, rights groups say. A new report from a Palestinian rights organisation has found that the number of incidents in which people — including many journalists — have been arrested for social media posts has drastically increased in the last year, leading to worries over an Israeli crackdown on the right to freedom of expression.
- What the campaign press should not be neutral toward. Political journalists shouldn’t be ‘on the team,’ but also not neutral about everything, writes Jay Rosen.
- Should journalists use Facebook’s new endorsement tool? The clamoring over favoritism is only going to grow louder as Election Day approaches, so Benjamin Mullin caught up with Kelly McBride, Poynter’s ethicist and vice president, to ask how journalists should handle themselves in the run-up to Nov. 8.
- A Bangladeshi blogger on why he risked his life letting his identity be known. Ananya Azad, a Bangladeshi writer and blogger, is currently in exile in Germany. His father, author Humayun Azad, was the victim of assassination attempts, and later died in mysterious circumstances.
"I could have distanced myself from my identity, adopted a pseudonym and continued to write in Bangladesh. Had I done so, my family wouldn’t have to spend each moment in fear and anxiety. My sister wouldn’t have to wake up from nightmares about rape threats. But I am not anonymous. I carry my name and history with me. And so the possibility of an unnatural death haunts me.”
International Journalism Festival is the biggest annual media event in Europe. It’s an open invitation to interact with the best of world journalism. All sessions are free entry for all attendees, all venues are situated in the stunning setting of the historic town centre of Perugia.