Tag: junk news

  • A Junk News Pioneer - with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 1 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 1

     Russian actors may have run an organized online disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential elections, but they likely learned their clickbait tactics from Americans. In our ongoing investigation of junk news for the PBS NewsHour, series producer Cameron Hickey managed to track down one of these pioneers of junk news, Cyrus Massoumi. He…

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  • Exploring junk news, Pruitt slammed on the Hill, CRISPR for coral: this week in science. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Exploring junk news, Pruitt slammed on the Hill, CRISPR for coral: this week in science.

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss: Members of Congress yesterday offered up some must-see TV that appeals to a few big interests of mine: the conduct and policies of the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt and the insidious, often corrosive role…

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  • Inside Facebook's fight against misinformation | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Inside Facebook’s fight against junk news

    Junk news, fake news, misinformation–whatever you choose to call it, the internet seems to be awash in these fallacious stories. Top US intelligence agencies have agreed that the organized spread of this misinformation over social networks like Facebook allowed Russian state actors to exert influence over the 2016 US Presidential election. After that election, I…

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  • Mapping Misinformation and Russian Influence Online – with Data Journalist Jonathan Albright

    Top US intelligence agencies agree that Russia meddled in the 2016 US Presidential election using an organized campaign of online trolling and misinformation. The details of exactly how are harder to uncover. Jonathan Albright, data journalist and Research Director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, studies information flow in networks. Recently, he has…

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  • Bots are still a major issue in the spread of junk news. But how do you track them? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Bots are still a major issue in the spread of junk news. But how do you track them?

    One of the most difficult aspects of the battle against misinformation on the web is the pernicious prevalence of bots. These bots are lines of code hiding behind veneers of legitimate social media profiles, programmed to sow chaos through misinformation. Fake news, or what we call “junk news” here at the office, has exploded over…

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  • Whose Best Interest - Can Facebook's Business Model Be Repaired? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Whose Best Interest – Can Facebook’s Business Model Be Repaired?

    The Cambridge Analytica scandal has placed Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook at the center of the data privacy debate. But is Facebook’s ad-driven business model fundamentally incompatible with protecting users’ personal data? And, if so, what can be done to fix it? Miles O’Brien Productions team members Brian Truglio and Fedor Kossakovski hash it out on…

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