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A collection of resources to assist readers and researchers in spotting fake news and fake news sources.
Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, Nov. 25, 2019, Rolling Stone.
"Fake news" is not always false. However, the motivation for sending it might not be what you would think. This article discusses Russian troll campaigns that focus on getting people to share uplifting posts and amassing an audience that will later be exposed to disinformation.
Samantha Bradshaw & Philip N. Howard. (2019) The Global Disinformation Disorder: 2019 Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation. Working Paper 2019.2. Oxford, UK: Project on Computational Propaganda.
This 26-page document (PDF) reports on organized disinformation campaigns (troll farms, authoritarian propaganda) that manipulate social media to spread fake news. The report reveals that more countries are being affected by these campaigns as time goes on, and that Facebook is the most popular site for such "computational propaganda".
Daniel Funke and Susan Benkelman, April 2, 2019, Poynter.
"Today [April 2] is the third annual International Fact-Checking Day. The IFCN launched the holiday in 2017 to be a rallying cry for more facts in politics, journalism and everyday life."
Anisa Subedar, Nov. 27, 2018, BBC.
A fake-news maven shares his reasons for planting false stories in social media.
"Once his stories go viral, the Facebook comments burst forth. And that’s when Christopher Blair the fake news writer becomes Christopher Blair the crusading left-wing troll."
Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy and Sinan Aral, March 9, 2018, Science.
Researchers from MIT studied the creation and dissemination of fake news on Twitter, concluding that fake news reaches more people in a shorter period of time than true news. This is likely due to the novelty and emotional reaction associated with fake news stories.
Ann Reynolds, March 8, 2018, ABC News.
[AUTOPLAY VIDEO] News report of the MIT study that concludes "false information spread significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information."
Ben Collins, Joseph Cox, Nov. 7, 2017, Daily Beast.
Russian "troll farms" have been discovered feeding fake news and memes to influence the 2016 U.S. election. The "Jenna Abrams" Twitter account is an example of how this misinformation became embedded into social media.
Bethania Palma and Vinny Green, September 29, 2017, Snopes.
This article discusses how a number of verified celebrity Facebook accounts are being manipulated to spread fake news and click bait articles.
Nadia Dreid, Nov. 17, 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education.
An article about Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College, who has been maintaining a list of "False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical 'News' Sources."
"A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online." A project of the Public Data Lab.