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Facebook Hits Fake News Linked to Russia, Sputnik

Site shutters hundreds of accounts engaged in 'coordinated inauthentic behavior'

(Newser) - Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups, and accounts that were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news. The social media company said Thursday it took action after finding two networks "that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" on its... More »

Seniors Cited for Spread of Fake News on Facebook

Users 65 and older share more fake articles than any other group: study

(Newser) - The worst spreaders of fake news across Facebook aren't the young'uns you'd expect to be glued to social media. Facebook users older than 65 share the most—almost seven times as many bogus articles as those ages 18 to 29, according to research by NYU and Princeton.... More »

US Ambassador Blames Bias for German News Scandal

Disgraced reporter Claas Relotius could face charges

(Newser) - The American ambassador to Germany is blaming anti-American bias for a "fake news" scandal that has shaken the country's leading news magazine. In a letter to Der Spiegel, Richard Grenell accused the magazine, and the media in general, of "institutional bias" when reporting on the US, the... More »

Bombarded by Disinformation, 'We're on Our Own'

Kara Swisher writes for the 'NYT' that tech companies haven't been terribly helpful in fighting bad actors

(Newser) - What's "dead clear": Propaganda pushers have been using platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter "exactly as they were designed to be used." What we're just now learning: that those companies were more or less useless on the front lines against disinformation and "fake news,... More »

'Surreal' Drew Barrymore Article Catches Internet's Eye

Journalist spotted bizarre, typo-ridden 'interview' on the actress in an EgyptAir in-flight magazine

(Newser) - Journalist Adam Baron was on an EgyptAir flight earlier this week when his reading material caught his eye—and raised his eyebrows. "This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal," he tweeted . That supposed Horus interview, which Baron posted photos of... More »

Tiger Woods Is Asked About Trump, Trump Loves His Reply

Tiger didn't take the bait from the 'fake news media,' he tweets

(Newser) - President Trump thinks Tiger Woods' interviewing skills are as good as his golf ones, or so he suggested in a Monday tweet . After finishing up the Northern Trust tourney Sunday, the golfer was asked by the press about his relationship with Trump, whom he has golfed with on several occasions.... More »

Boston Globe Plans Strike on Trump's 'Dirty War'

'We are not the enemy of the people,' editor says of nationwide media blitz proposed for Aug. 16

(Newser) - A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the US to President Trump's frequent attacks on the news media. "We are not the enemy of the people," says Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of the Boston Globe, referring to... More »

Trump: NYT Publisher and I Met, Talked 'Fake News'

Says he and Sulzberger sat down at White House and discussed 'Enemy of the People'

(Newser) - President Trump has met with the head of one of his favorite whipping boys, per one of a flurry of tweets early Sunday: "Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about... More »

NYT Describes Air Force One Commotion Over a TV Channel

CNN is not the president's network of choice

(Newser) - President Trump's displeasure with "fake news" CNN is well known, and the New York Times is out with an anecdote to back that up. It viewed an internal email between the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency regarding a recent incident on Air Force... More »

Matt Drudge Takes Issue With Trump Tweet

Founder of conservative news site fears Trump wants to license all reporters

(Newser) - Matt Drudge is taking issue with President Trump. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning complaining about the media, citing a recent report that "91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)" and wondering whether his administration should continue working with the "corrupt" press: "Take away credentials?" he... More »

One Country Just Banned 'Fake News'

But critics say Malaysia is really just muzzling media, putting lid on scandal ahead of elections

(Newser) - Malaysia passed a new law Monday prohibiting "fake news," a move critics fear will be used to silence dissent ahead of elections, reports the AP . Despite criticism from opposition lawmakers that the legislation will lead Malaysia closer to dictatorship, the bill was approved after heated debate, with 123... More »

'I Am Ashamed,' Read the Email. Then Facebook's Problems Grew

An 11K-word 'Wired' piece delves into Facebook's 'tumultuous two years'

(Newser) - "I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed." So read an email Roger McNamee sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg just days before the 2016 election. McNamee is the Zuckerberg mentor who convinced the Facebook CEO to hire Sandberg in the first place, and as an... More »

Trump Reveals Winners of 'Fake News Awards'

4 CNN stories made list of 10

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts experienced real disappointment Wednesday night when President Trump revealed the winners of his inaugural Fake News Awards: The "honors" went to the New York Times, CNN, ABC, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. In a list of 10 winners posted on the GOP... More »

5 Lines From Jeff Flake's Speech Against Trump

President 'uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies'

(Newser) - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday gave the speech he's been promising to give about President Trump, one in which he finds it chilling that Trump borrows a phrase from Josef Stalin to describe the media as the "enemy of the people." CBS News has the transcript... More »

Trump's 'Fake News Awards' Could Put Staff in a Pinch

Ethics rules likely bar them from helping out, say experts

(Newser) - The "losers" are set to get their moment in the spotlight Wednesday, when President Trump will reportedly hold his "Fake News Awards," and its impending nature has spurred Politico and Politifact to speculate on what form it could take—and the thorns involved. The blind spot seems... More »

France Takes on Fake News

Critics wonder what a new law will mean for freedom of the press

(Newser) - Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts—and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, will be... More »

Trump in War of a Word With Wall Street Journal

Did the president say 'I' or 'I'd'?

(Newser) - President Trump is taking his battle against "fake news" to one of his most reliable supporters. This morning the president started his day by slamming the Wall Street Journal on Twitter for allegedly misquoting him in an interview published Thursday, Politico reports. In the interview Trump is quoted as... More »

Trump Delays His 'Fake News Awards'

'Losers' will be announced next Wednesday, he says

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts are going to have to wait longer to find out whether they've won the "honor" they've been campaigning for : President Trump says he is delaying his "Fake News Awards," Politico reports. The awards, "those going to the most... More »

Colbert Billboard Has a Message for Trump

'For your consideration'

(Newser) - "Nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar," says Stephen Colbert, explaining why he's campaigning hard to be crowned the King of Fake News . Responding to President Trump’s announcement Tuesday of the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year,... More »

Trump Announces 'Corrupt' Media Awards

President says 'most dishonest' outlets will be named Monday

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are Sunday, but President Trump has another awards ceremony he's promoting, one scheduled for the very next day. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to announce, in all caps, the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year," set for 5pm ET Monday. "... More »

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