Twitter cracking down on “tweet bots’ allegedly used by Russians

Twitter said it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and others have allegedly used to make tweets or topics go viral. The San Francisco-based social network also said on Wednesday it would not allow people

Trump touts tax cuts while blasting ‘Fake News Media’

President Trump blasted the “Fake News Media” on Sunday for not reporting “positive things,” including how his tax cut plan is fattening the wallets of Americans. “So many positive things going on for the U.S.A. and the Fake News Media just doesn’t want to go there,” he wrote on

Nunes launches his own site to counter ‘fake news’

GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, a frequent critic of the media and a diehard supporter of President Trump, created his own news site to promote pet issues and take shots at his detractors. The lawmaker’s online publication, found on Facebook as “The California Republican” and bankrolled by his campaign committee,

‘Fake News’ billboard pulled down in Times Square

An ad on a billboard in Times Square that attacked the “Fake Media” and alleged fundraising abuses by Hillary Clinton was yanked after the building owner — the media giant Viacom — objected. The pro-Trump Committee to Defend the President paid for the digital ad that appeared Monday on

‘Fake News’ billboard pulled down in Times Square

An ad on a billboard in Times Square that attacked the “Fake Media” and alleged fundraising abuses by Hillary Clinton was yanked after the building owner — the media giant Viacom — objected. The pro-Trump Committee to Defend the President paid for the digital ad that appeared Monday on

Pope Francis condemns ‘evil’ fake news

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the “evil” of fake news, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative “snake tactics” that foment division to serve political and economic interests. “Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes and leads only to

Facebook will ask users to rank news outlets they trust

Facebook said Friday it will ask its 2 billion users to rank the news outlets they trust most after criticism over allowing fake news to spread, according to a report Friday. The firm no longer wants to serve as a platform for misleading information, company executives said, according to

Trump Fake News awards: Wolf Blitzer accepts on Jimmy Kimmel Live

For Donald Trump’s Fake News awards, it was only fitting that Jimmy Kimmel bring out a fake awards recipient. After the president revealed the winners of “The Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards” on the official website of the GOP on Wednesday, Kimmel’s father, James Kimmel, impersonated CNN’s

Facebook’s efforts to stop fake news are making it worse

Facebook is trying to fix its “fake news” problem that gained prominence after the 2016 US presidential election. But it’s far from actually winning the battle, as the fake news phenomenon continues to be a worldwide problem. A new report highlights one of Facebook’s new efforts meant to remove

France is trying to outlaw fake news

PARIS — 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

Russia ’planting fake news on Wikipedia’, senior MPs believe

RUSSIAN trolls are planting “fake news” on Wikipedia to boost the false information they spread online, senior MPs believe. As part of its inquiry into the scourge, the influential Commons Culture Committee is investigating how cyborgs create “treasure hunt” trails of deliberate misinformation across the internet. Cyborgs – a human

Trump postpones his ‘fake news’ awards

President Trump has postponed his highly anticipated “Fake News Awards” for a week in an apparent effort to build even more suspense over the dubious honors. “​T​he Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on

College students only needed 36 hours to defeat fake news

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced coverage. The plug-in, “Open Mind,” was developed earlier this month during a

Facebook gives up on “flagging’ fake news

Facebook’s “fake news” flags are a flop, the social network admitted on Thursday, saying it is halting its short-lived effort to mark disputed news stories. The red flags backfired by drawing attention to the misinformation and sometimes even reinforcing deeply held bogus beliefs, Facebook said in a statement explaining

Facebook says it’s cracking down on “engagement bait’

Facebook said Monday it will begin cracking down on what it calls “engagement bait.” Spammy posts that actively try to drum up likes, clicks and shares, such as “LIKE this if you’re a Libra” or “SHARE this post with 10 friends to win a trip to Spain” will be

Facebook says it’s cracking down on ‘engagement bait’

Facebook said Monday it will begin cracking down on what it calls “engagement bait.” Spammy posts that actively try to drum up likes, clicks and shares, such as “LIKE this if you’re a Libra” or “SHARE this post with 10 friends to win a trip to Spain” will be

MP slams ’inadequate’ Twitter probe into Russian referendum meddling

A TWITTER probe into interference by Moscow in the Brexit referendum has been slammed as inadequate. The social media firm claimed Russian trolls paid for just six adverts to sway the vote. But MPs investigating fake news last night hit out at the internal investigation. Tory Damian Collins said: “The information

Crackpot writer who ‘got Trump elected’ died of overdose

The “fake news” writer who claimed he “got Trump elected” with bogus viral stories about paid protesters died from overdosing on a drug cocktail that included two types of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, an Arizona medical examiner has concluded. Paul Horner had in his system alcohol; anti-anxiety meds

Trump proposes contest for ‘fake news trophy’

President Trump began his post-holiday work week by resuming his bitter war on the news media — proposing a contest to determine which news outlet should win a “FAKE NEWS TROPHY!” “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is