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White House: Obama Didn't Call John Kelly When Son Died

Trump had earlier Tuesday suggested Kelly be asked if he got a call

(Newser) - President Trump addressed his Monday comments regarding how his predecessors communicated with the families of fallen soldiers without budging, and this time he brought chief of staff John Kelly into it. He originally claimed that "most of" his predecessors didn't make such calls, including President Obama, a stance... More »

Trump Claims He Invented the Term 'Fake'

He defends throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico

(Newser) - President Trump defended his throwing of paper towels to Puerto Rican hurricane victims in a weekend interview on a Christian network—and claimed to have invented the term "fake." The towel-throwing, which San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz described as "terrible and abominable," was simply a... More »

Vegas Victims, Families Upset Over Conspiracy Theory Videos

And YouTube, Facebook, and Google are all helping to spread them

(Newser) - Scrolling through YouTube, one might assume the Las Vegas shooting was carried out by a member of "antifa," or perhaps government agents. That's because dozens of conspiracy theory videos—including one from Alex Jones, viewed more than 1 million times—are being promoted by YouTube in the... More »

Russia Might've Favored Twitter for Election Meddling

Research suggests Russian-linked accounts are still sowing discord

(Newser) - Facebook is taking most of the flak regarding Russian social media influence during and after the 2016 presidential election, but Twitter might be more deserving. Citing research by the Alliance for Securing Democracy , the New York Times notes "there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more... More »

Infamous Purveyor of Fake News Found Dead

Police suspect Paul Horner, 38, suffered an accidental drug overdose

(Newser) - If 2016 was the year of fake news, then Paul Horner was one of its kings. Now, however, the Arizona resident who created a small empire focused on bogus online information has been found dead in his bed at age 38, reports the Arizona Republic . Police don't suspect foul... More »

Sources: Obama Tried to Warn Zuckerberg About 'Fake News'

At the time, Facebook CEO seemed unconvinced his company played a role

(Newser) - Facebook has been facing a lot of flak over the role it played in pushing "fake news," especially during last year's election cycle. Now it's come to light that none other than then-President Obama conferred with Mark Zuckerberg just days after the election (and after Zuckerberg'... More »

Critics Liken Trump's 'Real News' Videos to State TV

Kayleigh McEnany, who just left CNN, hosted the most recent one

(Newser) - Kayleigh McEnany stood out at CNN as a conservative voice and fierce defender of President Trump during the campaign. Now she's left the network and has turned up, at least temporarily, as the host of a pro-Trump broadcast via the president's Facebook page . McEnany appeared over the weekend... More »

After Manchester Attack, Bogus Stories Were Everywhere

Meanwhile, one young victim was just 8 years old

(Newser) - Authorities have identified the suicide bomber at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. The Telegraph reports that he is a Manchester native, though his parents are from Libya and are believed to have fled the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. UK intelligence officials are now trying to figure... More »

Report: Trump's Staffers Drop Fake News on His Desk

Politico talks to White House officials who describe unconventional 'free flow' of ideas

(Newser) - Politico says there's a "seemingly endless Game of Thrones" taking place inside the West Wing, with aides vying to get information furthering their own agenda in front of President Trump—even if that is an internet hoax, from an iffy source, or "fake news," per... More »

Facebook's Big Problem: Its Own News Feed

To break 'fake news' cycle, Facebook may have to reconfigure most prominent feature

(Newser) - Facebook has become a formidable player on the news, political, and entertainment landscapes, with more than 1.8 billion active viewers a month. But its "gargantuan influence" has become its "biggest liability," Farhad Manjoo writes in the New York Times , unpacking how the site was the ideal... More »

Wikipedia Founder Has 'Radical' Solution to Fight Fake News

Jimmy Wales' Wikitribune combines pro journalists with community volunteers

(Newser) - "The news is broken and we can fix it." That's the lofty promise of Wikitribune , a new "living, breathing tool" launched by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales that he hopes will combat "fake news" by teaming ace journalists with citizen volunteers. "I'm not sure... More »

Chinese Media Taken in by Satirical Trump Story

They reported that he wrapped White House phones in tinfoil

(Newser) - A satirical story about a paranoid President Trump wrapping the White House telephones in tinfoil was believable enough to be carried by major media outlets in China. The story from the New Yorker's "Borowitz Report" ended up in publications such as business magazine Caijing this week after appearing... More »

20th Century Fox Trashed for 'Perverse' Film Promo

'Fake news' approach apparently wasn't the way to go

(Newser) - The Sacramento Dispatch had a breaking "bombshell" on its website the other day: President Trump and Vladimir Putin had been seen hobnobbing at a Swiss resort before Election Day. Which would've been quite alarming, considering the recent hubbub around Trump's alleged Russia ties—except, as the Washington ... More »

Putin: Why Would Trump 'Need Prostitutes in Moscow?'

And people behind dossier are 'worse than prostitutes'

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only person making recent claims of phony news stories . Vladimir Putin says an explosive dossier on Trump published by BuzzFeed last week, which included allegations Russia had compromising information on the president-elect, is an "obvious fake" and "nonsense," Russia's Interfax and... More »

A Moving Selfie Turned Into 'Fake News' on Facebook: Suit

Anas Modamani says social network isn't doing enough to stop slander using his image

(Newser) - The concept of "fake news" has infused itself into the regular news cycle, and now a well-known Syrian refugee says he's embroiled in it—and he's suing Facebook as a result, the Guardian reports. Anas Modamani made headlines in September 2015 when he took a selfie with... More »

Trump Slams Russia Blackmail Claims as 'Fake News'

He says explosive allegations are a 'witch hunt'

(Newser) - After bombshell allegations about a Russian dossier , Donald Trump appears ready to step up his war with the media. "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" he tweeted Tuesday night after news that Russian agents allegedly hold compromising information on him spread. He later tweeted a link... More »

German Police 'in Disbelief' Over False Breitbart Story

Breitbart accused of spreading 'fake news, hate, and propaganda'

(Newser) - German police say they're "in disbelief" over a false story published by Breitbart, which a local publication claims was trying to create "an image of chaotic civil war-like conditions in Germany, caused by Islamist aggressors." The AFP reports Breitbart ran a story titled "1,000-man... More »

These Are the 5 Biggest Fake News Stories of the Year

Centering on politics and crime

(Newser) - BuzzFeed analyzed news and "news" shared on Facebook to come up with the biggest fake news stories of the year—the 100% fake articles (from fake-news websites) that got the most shares, reactions, and comments. (Articles that simply misrepresented the news were not included as fake.) Of... More »

A Fake News Story Leads to Nuclear Threat

Pakistani official lashes out at Israel after bogus online post

(Newser) - If 2016 is the year of the fake news story, then it's ending in appropriate fashion: One bogus story has just led to a veiled threat of nuclear retaliation. As the Times of Israel explains, the craziness began when a fake news site, AWD News, ran a fake story... More »

Tracing the Origins of the Year's Biggest News Hoax

BuzzFeed explores how an infamous pope-Trump story came to be

(Newser) - Of all the fake news stories that circulated before the election, one stands above the rest: The tall tale that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump was shared more than any other on social media. So how did it come to be? A BuzzFeed investigation traces it back to a network... More »

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