Fake News

Experts on Fake News Warn of Federal Election Manipulation Through Social Media

McGill University public policy analyst Taylor Owen, who studies the political impact of digital technology, has warned that Canada's upcoming election is easy prey for social media manipulators. "Social media is a highly manipulable mechanism for political speech, which inherently can divide us in very clear ways," Owen told CBC News. Owen says that social media...

Survey Shows Nearly 90% of Canadians are Fooled by Fake News

According to the latest CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey, that involves over 25,000 internet users in over two dozen countries, almost nine in 10 Canadians surveyed said they had been fooled by fake news at least once. Facebook was the most commonly noted source of phony news, followed by Twitter (via CTV News). The survey was conducted...

Older Users Share the Most Fake News on Social Media, Shows Study

A recent study published in Science Advances (via The Verge), which examined the behaviour of users of different ages in the months before and after the 2016 US presidential election, has revealed that users aged 65 and older shared nearly seven times as many fake news articles as the as the youngest age group (18 to 29)....

Twitter Not Planning Fake News ‘Button,’ Despite Previous Reports

Despite previous reports, Twitter is not considering adding a button designed to let users flag fake news. The Washington Post Thursday ran a report detailing that the micro-blogging website had developed a "prototype" button that would allow users to report false or misleading news and/or information from the site. This prompted widespread concern that the button...

Facebook Introduces Measures to Crack Down on Fake Accounts

After facing a lot of criticism recently, especially during the US Presidential election, Facebook is cracking down on fake news and fake accounts. The company announced on Wednesday that it is implementing system wide changes to crack down on fake accounts that spread fake news and cause mayhem. The security improvement was described as being...

WhatsApp’s Problem in India: The Platform for Fake News

In November of last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned 86% of the country’s legal tender from circulation. While the goal was to get rid of “black money,” a term used in India for cash that is stored outside of the country’s banking system to evade taxes, it brought to light another issue that […]

Facebook Announces Plan to Crackdown on Fake News

Following accusations for spreading fake news, Facebook has been busy addressing this major problem. Apparently, the social media giant has found a way to reduce the avalanche of hoax news showing up in our news feed by changing some ad policies and by using external sources — alongside easing reporting — and, as such, also...