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WhatsApp To Show You Frequently Forwarded Messages To Avoid Spam, Fake News

A beta version of WhatsApp labels shows users messages that have been frequently forwarded. This feature could help users avoid sharing content that’s potentially spam or fake.

Apps/Software March 25, 2019

WhatsApp Plans To Fight Fake News With Reverse Image Search

A beta version of WhatsApp allegedly exists, which has an in-app browser for reverse image search. Users can take advantage of this tool to verify whether images are legitimate.

Apps/Software March 19, 2019

Facebook And Snopes No Longer Working Together To Fact-Check News Stories

Snopes is walking away from its fact-checking partnership with Facebook. Instead of making it easier just for Facebook to debunk fake news, it plans to develop tools to make it easier for the entire web.

Apps/Software February 2, 2019

Microsoft's Edge Mobile Browser Gets Built-In Tool That Fights Against Fake News

The new feature on Microsoft's mobile version of Edge now has a built-in fake news filter. Called NewsGuard, it warns users whether a news website it trustworthy or not.

Microsoft January 23, 2019

Here's Why WhatsApp Limits Forwarding Messages To Only 5 Times

WhatsApp announced that users can only forward messages five times from the previous 20 times in a bid to fight the spread of fake news. This followed the six-month experiment in India, where malicious news caused lynching last year.

Apps/Software January 21, 2019

Facebook Canceled A Feature That Finds ‘Common Ground’ Between Users With Opposing Political Views

Common Ground was a feature-in-development supposed to curb the growing political divide between Facebook users. However, Facebook eventually canceled the project, and here’s the reason why.

Internet December 24, 2018

WhatsApp To Combat Spam, Scams, And Fake News With New 'Forwarded' Label

WhatsApp introduced a new feature aimed to curb the spread of fake news, spam, and scams. Look for the new 'forwarded' label and think twice whether to pass the message along.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

YouTube Is Funneling $25 Million To Fight Its Fake News Problem: Here’s How It’ll Do It

YouTube is fighting its fake news problem with tons of money. The Google-owned company pledged to spend $25 million to help organizations build better video facilities, educate teens on critical thinking, and accompany video searches with informative articles.

Internet July 11, 2018

Facebook Ad Wants You To Remember The Good Old Days: Before 'Data Misuse' And Fake News

Facebook released a video as part of its latest advertising campaign. The video highlighted how good Facebook has been before the issues of data misuse, fake news, and more came.

Apps/Software April 28, 2018

Facebook Shares Secret Community Standards For Censoring Users' Posts

Facebook publicly shared the previously secret community standards that it uses to police its users' posts. The rulebook shows moderators how to deal with terrorism, hate speech, racism, self-harm, and other content that are against the rules.

Apps/Software April 24, 2018

After The Latest Scandal, It's Time To Quit Facebook: How To Delete Your Account

Facebook's latest scandal makes it clear that it has way too much information to be left alone. Many users are opting to delete their accounts altogether, and here's how to delete it.

Internet March 20, 2018

YouTube Adding Wikipedia Links Alongside Conspiracy Theory Videos To Fight Misinformation

YouTube will be adding fact-based links in conspiracy theory videos to dispel false information presented to users. This is YouTube's latest move in a fight against misinformation.

Internet March 14, 2018

False News Spreads Faster Than Real News On Twitter: Study

Despite the said role of bots in spreading false news, a study finds that humans are still the primary driver of the spread of false news on Twitter. Study coauthor suggests Twitter users should 'think before you retweet.'

Feature | Science March 9, 2018

Facebook Fights Fake News By Extending ‘Breaking News’ Label To More Publishers

Facebook’s experimental Breaking News label appears to be working quite well. The company just announced that it’s extending the tag to 50 more publishers in a variety of territories.

Apps/Software March 6, 2018

200,000 Tweets By Troll Accounts During 2016 Election Leaked

Twitter decided to deal with the effects of Russian meddling by deleting the tweets from Russian troll accounts. Two hundred thousand of those deleted tweets were leaked.

Defense February 20, 2018

Twitter Is Fighting Fake News By Livestreaming Local News Stations During Breaking News Events

Twitter is embracing its role as a media company by enlisting local news stations to broadcast breaking news on the site. The move contrasts with Facebook’s recent changes to deemphasize news items.

Internet February 16, 2018

Facebook Watch To Roll Out Special Section For Breaking News

Facebook is taking on fake news again. It has officially announced an upcoming breaking news section on its Watch tab to feature legitimate news stories.

Internet February 13, 2018

Rupert Murdoch Wants Google And Facebook To Pay Carriage Fees For News

The News Corp owner wants the tech firms who helped spread fake news the last few years to start paying carriage fees. The fees are the same that cable providers pay television channels to carry them.

Internet January 24, 2018

Facebook To Ask Users What News Organizations They Trust

Facebook promised to change the way its news feed would appear, going as far as getting away from paid content and head toward human interaction. Now, the social media company will be asking its users what news organizations they trust.

Internet January 23, 2018

Facebook Is Testing A New ‘Today In’ Feature To Bring You Vetted Local News

Facebook is currently experimenting with a new city-based section called Today In. In it, users will be able to see local information, announcements, and news.

Internet January 11, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg’s Resolution For 2018 Is To Fix Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to become a better haven for online interaction this 2018 by improving harassment policies, fighting fake news, and more. In fact, he’s making it his personal challenge this year.

Internet January 5, 2018

Facebook Replaces 'Disputed Flags' With 'Related Articles' To Fight Against Fake News

Facebook continues its fight against fake news and announced new measures to ensure that false information has little or no chance of getting spread around. Key changes are up for immediate implementation on the site.

Internet December 21, 2017

Here's How Google News Plans To Stop Fake News

An updated list of guidelines to qualify for Google News had been approved by the company. This aims to prevent fake news from showing up in the results.

Google December 18, 2017

Did You ‘Like’ Or Follow A Russian Propaganda Account? Facebook Will Tell You

Facebook said that it’ll roll out a new tool later this year that will help users determine if they’ve liked or followed a Russian propaganda account. This is the latest in a series of updates that address its fake news problem.

Internet November 24, 2017

Google, Facebook, Other Tech Titans Join ‘Trust Project’ To Fight Fake News

Dozens of publications and major social networks have joined the Trust Project, an initiative to improve the state of online journalism. Part of that effort are so-called Trust Indicators or metrics that gauge whether a story is legitimate.

Internet November 17, 2017

Google To Buy Apple For $9 Billion? Dow Jones Releases Fake News Due To 'Technical Error'

Dow Jones reports claimed that Google agreed to purchase Apple for $9 billion. The transaction would have changed the technology industry, but people all over the world knew right away that it was fake news.

Google October 10, 2017

Google: Russian Operatives Exploited Our Platforms And Bought Ads To Interfere With The 2016 Election

Google is now the latest company from Silicon Valley who might have had a hand in influencing the 2016 election. It has discovered that Russian operatives bought ads and used Google’s many platforms to distribute them.

Google October 10, 2017

Fake News Once Again Dominate Facebook And Google After Las Vegas Shooting: This Has To Stop

Fake news once again dominated Facebook and Google after the Las Vegas shooting incident that left at least 59 people dead. The companies have not been able to keep false reports off their platforms despite several initiatives and promises.

Google October 3, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Is Sorry Facebook Caused Such A Political Divide During The Elections

During the end of Yom Kippur, Mark Zuckerberg took it upon himself to apologize about Facebook’s role in allowing advertisers to divide people politically. This comes amid an ongoing investigation into President Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Internet October 2, 2017

Facebook Wages War On Fake News: Pages That Share Them Will Be Banned From Buying Ads

Facebook has launched another attack on its fight against fake news. This time, it will ban pages that share fake news from buying ads but will give back ad privileges if they stop sharing such news.

Internet August 29, 2017

Facebook Finally Launches ‘Related Articles’ Feature To Fight Fake News: How It Works

Facebook has confirmed it’s finally rolling out Related Articles, a feature which displays complementary links that question, dispute, or criticize the legitimacy of a news item. It’s one of the company’s many efforts to fight fake news on the site.

Internet August 4, 2017

Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm: What This Means For Publishers And Ordinary Users

Facebook has made changes to its news feed algorithm to improve what users see. Now, users who spam their feeds with more than 50 posts a day will have lesser distribution and reach for the links they share.

Internet July 1, 2017

Facebook Wants To Save You From Violent Posts, Hires 3,000 More People To Fight Against Them

Facebook doesn’t want inappropriate videos on its site, so it’s hiring 3,000 more people to get rid of them quickly. Facebook also wants to work with law enforcement to respond to those who might be in need of help.

Internet May 4, 2017

Facebook Acknowledges Propaganda Is Spreading On Its Platform, Outlines Plan To Stop It

Fake news and propaganda have been plaguing the internet, especially Facebook. But the biggest social media company is actively working to put an end to these so-called 'information operations.'

Internet April 28, 2017

Google Search Getting Better: New Algorithms And Feedback Tools To Limit Fake News And Bad Search Results

Google has updated its search algorithms to prioritize authoritative information and weed out fake news or offensive, inaccurate search results. The company is also making it easier to give direct feedback, and offering greater transparency on how search works.

Google April 26, 2017

Wikipedia Cofounder Jimmy Wales Launching Wikitribune, A Crowdfounded Online Newspaper To Fight Fake News

Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales has come up with another ambitious project, this time dedicated to quality news stories. The new Wikitribune online publication is seeking funds to support evidence-based journalism and fight fake news.

Internet April 26, 2017

Facebook Cracks Down On Spam With Improved Tools Against Fake Accounts, But It's An Ongoing Struggle

Facebook has announced new changes to clean up its network and crack down on fake accounts. The company already killed 30,000 spam profiles in France ahead of the elections, but it's a never-ending struggle.

Internet April 16, 2017

The War Against Fake News Continues As Google Expands Fact Check Tags To Search

Google continues its fight against the spread of fake news. It has expanded the Fact Check tags to Google Search and Google News worldwide.

Google April 7, 2017

Facebook Strengthens Efforts To Combat False News By Teaching Users How To Spot It

Facebook announces a new educational tool teaching users how to spot false news and help stop the spread of misinformation. Here are 10 tips from the popular social media platform.

Internet April 7, 2017

Major Tech Companies Including Facebook, Mozilla, And Others Launch $14 Million News Integrity Initiative

Major tech companies have formed together and launched a $14 million initiative to come up with an answer to fake news. That answer is the News Integrity Initiative, and it aims to bolster the public’s news literacy.

Internet April 3, 2017

Google Launches Efforts To Flag False, Offensive Content In Search Results

Google is currently studying how to spot potentially upsetting, offensive and factually incorrect search results. The company is using an army of' 'quality raters' to flag results to help its algorithm in the future.

Google March 18, 2017

Is Obama Planning A Coup? No, Google Home Was Just Spreading Fake News

Google Home seems to have been up to no good, spreading fake news over the weekend. When asked whether or not former President Barack Obama is planning a coup, it said he might be planning one.

Internet March 6, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out 'Disputed' Tag For Fake News On Social Network: How Does It Work?

Facebook has rolled out a new flagging system that will mark fake news as 'disputed' articles. Is the new tool the solution to fake news, or does it fall short on eliminating the issue within the social network?

Internet March 6, 2017

In Depth: Fight Against Fake News Continues, Google News Expands 'Fact Check' Tag To More Countries

Google extends its fact check tag to its regular search, news site, and Google News & Weather iOS and Android application to South American countries.

Google February 19, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Crackdown Against Fake News, Sees Augmented Reality As Revolutionary Tech

In separate interviews, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts on fake news and augmented reality. Cook calls for a crackdown on the proliferation of fake news, and is excited about the future of augmented reality technology.

Apple February 11, 2017

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