Tag: misinformation

  • Online anger is gold to this junk news pioneer | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Online anger is gold to this junk news pioneer

    Meet one of the Internet’s most prolific distributors of hyper-partisan fare. From California, Cyrus Massoumi caters to both liberals and conservatives, serving up political grist through various Facebook pages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien profiles a leading purveyor of junk news who has hit the jackpot exploiting the trend toward tribalism. This is the second of…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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