Tag: junk news

  • Just the Facts - an interview with Brooke Binkowski of Snopes.com | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Just the Facts – an interview with Brooke Binkowski of Snopes.com

     Long before Facebook, Twitter or even Google existed, the fact checking website Snopes.com was running down the half-truths, misinformation, and outright lies that ricochet across the Internet. Today it remains a widely respected clearinghouse of all things factual and not. As part of my series for the PBS NewsHour on the rise and role…

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  • Zuckerberg testimony, weak ocean currents, unlocking fungal medicine: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. Zuckerberg testifies in Congress I’m often reminded that the development of technology moves a lot faster than the political and regulatory process. By and large, that’s a good thing. If the Wright brothers had been forced to seek permits…

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  • What exactly does Facebook track and how could we regulate it? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    What exactly does Facebook track and how could we regulate it?

    Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, spent ten grueling hours answering questions from lawmakers on Capitol Hill in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Members of Congress wanted to know: what data does Facebook collect on its users? How does the social media giant use that data? What does Facebook do to protect its users’…

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  • How was this fake news house of mirrors built? An interview with danah boyd. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Misinformation on the Internet – Untangling the Web, an interview with danah boyd.

    How did the internet become a tangled web of misinformation? Miles speaks to danah boyd, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of Data & Society, and Visiting Professor at New York University. boyd offers insight into the history of misinformation on the internet and the role of social media plays in the proliferation of…

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  • How does the Facebook News Feed work? An interview with Dan Zigmond, head of Facebook News Feed analytics. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    How does the Facebook News Feed work? An interview with Dan Zigmond, head of Facebook News Feed analytics.

     Who or what determines what’s in your Facebook News Feed? It’s a complex algorithm that aims to put what interests you most at the top of the queue. Increasingly, Facebook is focused on trying to determine what content is fake, junk, or misleading–and sending it to the bottom. But the purveyors of this content…

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  • Jupiter, penguins, and neurons: this week in science | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Jupiter, penguins, and neurons: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. First look under Jupiter’s clouds This week, we learned a lot more about Jupiter’s atmosphere and internal structure. Using data from the Juno spacecraft, currently in orbit around the gas giant, scientists were able to determine that Jupiter’s banded…

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