Fake News

This fake news art show will teach you to be a better American

A gun whose barrel is twisted into the word “peace” perfectly captures how the idea of fake news took hold. Nothing will ever convince gun owners that banning guns would make us safer, even as gun control advocates have facts on their side: Every country that’s banned them has...

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 10:04pm

This internet plug-in is fighting against fake news

You don't need numbers to tell you there's a lot of faulty news out there — and with all the false information and fake photos on your feed, how can you truly know who or what to trust? In a Statista survey conducted last year, 27 percent of respondents said they were very...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 3:39pm

Facebook is giving users a trustworthy rating to help prevent fake news

Facebook is starting to implement a new system in which it will give users a credibility score to rate users’ trustworthiness on the social network in an effort to stop the spreading of fake news. According to a detailed report by The Washington Post, the Facebook trustworthiness rating is a...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 4:35pm

What are deepfakes?

Computer scientists are warning against the development that threatens to turn fake news into something indistinguishable from the real thing: Deepfakes. But, exactly what are deepfakes? What are deepfakes? Deepfakes — a compound of "deep machine learning" and, well, "fake...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 5:21pm

Fake news stories may have cost Hillary Clinton this many Obama voters

Fake news may have been enough to swing the 2016 presidential election, depressing Democratic turnout for Hillary Clinton by about 4 percent, a new study suggests. Democratic strategists have wondered why a chunk of 2012 Obama voters defected from the Democrats in November 2016. An analysis by...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:23pm

The man who predicted the fake news crisis says something much worse is coming

Right before the 2016 election, Aviv Ovadya tried to warn us that something was very wrong with information on the internet. Now he's trying again, and this time what he sees coming is worse. The MIT-educated engineer went on a crusade in mid-2016 to alert tech companies that the information...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:18pm

Researchers issue call to arms to combat fake news

There’s a revolution brewing to fight fake news — the only problem is, experts still don’t know much about it. Yes, there have been some studies on the topic, but there’s still a lot more work to be done. That’s why researchers from Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 2:26pm

Fake news spreads faster than true stories on Twitter: Study

"Fake news" isn’t just an insult used in the president’s tweets, it’s an epidemic that spreads faster than true stories — at least on Twitter, according to a new report. A study published Thursday by MIT scholars found that false information travels faster on...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 2:14pm

New Oxford study shows right-wing groups share more fake news content on social media

President Trump constantly criticizes media outlets for publishing fake news, but according to a new study from the University of Oxford,  extreme right-wing conservatives share more fake news stories across social media channels. The research comes from the University of Oxford’s...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 2:59pm

Is fake news about to get way worse thanks to Google?

Google is testing an app dedicated to hyperlocal "citizen journalism," which some analysts say will only worsen the epidemic of fake news. The app, called Google Bulletin, is being tested in Oakland and Nashville, and allows anyone to publish news stories, photos and videos. Once...

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 3:48pm

When are Trump's Fake Media Awards?

Updated Jan. 18, 2018: The results are in! Trump announced the winners Wednesday night (and by "announce," we mean he tweeted out a link to a list that didn't actually work until over an hour later). Check out our coverage here.  Original Story Jan. 17, 2018: There’s a...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:20am

White House staff could break the law if they aid Trump's 'Fake Media Awards'

Those "Fake Media Awards" Trump promised today will be postponed to Wednesday, Jan. 17. The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 1:39pm

Sharing fake news should be punishable as libel, says former FEC chair

Sharing fake news online should be punishable under libel laws, says the former chair of the Federal Election Commission, who proposes a number of new regulations on fake news, including the creation of an equivalent of the Do Not Call registry for disputed posts. "Fake News is not 'news...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:04pm