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The Coronavirus Revives Facebook as a News Powerhouse - The New York Times
More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report.
coronavirus  facebook  news  journalism  socialmedia  AlgoReport 
14 hours ago by barbarafister
My Friends, Editors, Algorithms, and I: Examining audience attitudes to news selection: Digital Journalism: Vol 7, No 4
Prompted by the ongoing development of content personalization by social networks and mainstream news brands, and recent debates about balancing algorithmic and editorial selection, this study explores what audiences think about news selection mechanisms and why.
news  journalism  AlgoReport  algorithms 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
These Students Are Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It - The New York Times
News literacy instruction is flourishing in the wake of the 2016 election as worries about fake news grow.
teaching  AlgoReport  newsliteracy  news  fakenews 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
Deepfakes and Disinformation: Exploring the Impact of Synthetic Political Video on Deception, Uncertainty, and Trust in News - Cristian Vaccari, Andrew Chadwick, 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) now enables the mass creation of what have become known as “deepfakes”: synthetic videos that closely resemble real videos ....We find that people are more likely to feel uncertain than to be misled by deepfakes, but this resulting uncertainty, in turn, reduces trust in news on social media. We conclude that deepfakes may contribute toward generalized indeterminacy and cynicism, further intensifying recent challenges to online civic culture in democratic societies.
fakenews  trust  news  AlgoReport  disinformation  deepfakes  journalism 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
Fighting Disinformation Online: Building the Database of Web Tools | RAND
Today's information ecosystem brings access to seemingly infinite amounts of information instantaneously. It also contributes to the rapid spread of misinformation and disinformation to millions of people. In response to this challenge and as part of the RAND Corporation's Truth Decay initiative, RAND researchers worked to identify and characterize the universe of online tools targeted at online disinformation, focusing on those tools created by nonprofit or civil society organizations.
misinformation  disinformation  fakenews  tec&society  journalism  news  AlgoReport 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
Study links impeachment beliefs to regular news diets
For many Americans, how they feel about issues raised during President Donald Trump’s impeachment has much to do with where they get their news.

A study released Friday by the Pew Research Center illustrated these tendencies, along with the growing Republican suspicion of media sources during the Trump administration.
AlgoReport  journalism  news  politics 
9 weeks ago by barbarafister
American voters worry they can’t spot misleading information, poll finds | PBS NewsHour
Four years after Russia launched a cyber campaign to disrupt and influence the 2016 presidential campaign, about a third of Americans say misleading stories on social media pose the biggest threat to the safety of U.S. elections, and half think President Donald Trump encourages election interference, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.
elections  news  journalism  fakenews  AlgoReport 
9 weeks ago by barbarafister
The truth behind filter bubbles: Bursting some myths | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Many voices warn that social media may be filtering out news that we dislike. Here's what the research says about it
personalization  news  journalism  AlgoReport  algorithms 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
On Digital Disinformation and Democratic Myths – MediaWell
Generating social media interactions is easy; mobilizing activists and persuading voters is hard. Online disinformation and propaganda do not have to be particularly effective at duping voters or directly altering electoral outcomes in order to be fundamentally toxic to a well-functioning democracy, though. The rise of disinformation and propaganda undermines some of the essential governance norms that constrain the behavior of our political elites. It is entirely possible that the current disinformation disorder will render the country ungovernable despite barely convincing any mass of voters to cast ballots that they would not otherwise have cast.

Much of the attention paid by researchers, journalists, and elected officials to online disinformation and propaganda has assumed that these disinformation campaigns are both large in scale and directly effective. This is a bad assumption, and it is an unnecessary assumption. We need not believe digital propaganda can “hack” the minds of a fickle electorate to conclude that digital propaganda is a substantial threat to the stability of American democracy. And in promoting the narrative of IRA’s direct effectiveness, we run the risk of further exacerbating this threat. The danger of online disinformation isn’t how it changes public knowledge; it’s what it does to our democratic norms.
fakenews  socialmedia  journalism  news  tech&society  radlib 
december 2019 by barbarafister
Platforms, publishers, and the end of scale - Columbia Journalism Review
The relationship between platforms and publishers has changed rapidly since the Tow Center began researching its implications in 2016. The question of whether platforms act as publishers is no longer widely debated: in March, Google erased that distinction when the company announced that it would create local newsrooms.
journalism  socialmedia  news 
december 2019 by barbarafister
Radical ideas spread through social media. Are the algorithms to blame? | NOVA | PBS | NOVA | PBS
Behind every Facebook ad, Twitter feed, and YouTube recommendation is an algorithm that’s designed to keep users using: It tracks preferences through clicks and hovers, then spits out a steady stream of content that’s in line with your tastes. The longer you spend on the platform, the better the algorithm is doing—and the deeper down various rabbit holes you go.

Some of these forays are harmless; many end in nothing more than an innocuous kitten video or a list of things that will (and definitely won’t) survive your microwave.

But others can have more dire consequences. Guided by suggested hyperlinks and auto-fills in search bars, web surfers are being nudged in the direction of political or unscientific propaganda, abusive content, and conspiracy theories
fakenews  news  tech&society  algorithms  socialmedia  PILprimer  AlgoReport 
august 2019 by barbarafister
Combatting Fake News With Interpretable News Feed Algorithms
We reviewed fake news in social media over three mainstages and discussed current methods and tools for analyz-ing and detecting potentially false content. We then focusedon limitations and risks (e.g., misuse of user data) of us-ing personalized content selection algorithms in social me-dia. We argue that the large-scale targeted propagation ofcontent for political gain using personalized news feed maycause polarized social media and spreading of fake content.After reviewing current research on fake news detection and personalized news feed algorithms, we suggest interpretable news feed algorithms as a potential solution to increase user awareness and hold users accountable for their own content rather than algorithms with undisclosed/opaque objectives.
news  algorithms  PILprimer  filterbubble  fakenews  AlgoReport 
august 2019 by barbarafister
YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Let Toxic Videos Run Rampant - Bloomberg
Proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies were sacrificed for engagement, staff say.
ethics  news  youtube  socialmedia  moderation  algorithms  PILprimer  AlgoReport 
april 2019 by barbarafister
Avoiding the Echo Chamber About Echo Chambers
subtitle: Why selective exposure to like-minded political news is less prevalent than you think.

IRL networks more polarized than online; most Americans are not paying attention to partisan media, more watch evening news; people are less politically involved and more likely to encounter a range of perspectives than we tend to think.
echochamber  filterbubble  journalism  news  socialmedia  PIL  newcourse 
march 2019 by barbarafister
Google and Facebook Have Failed Us - The Atlantic
The machines have shown they are not up to the task of dealing with rare, breaking news events, and it is unlikely that they will be in the near future. More humans must be added to the decision-making process, and the sooner the better.
algorithms  socialmedia  news  tech&society  NDL301 
october 2017 by barbarafister
Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug? - The New York Times
The people who work on News Feed aren’t making decisions that turn on fuzzy human ideas like ethics, judgment, intuition or seniority. They are concerned only with quantifiable outcomes about people’s actions on the site. That data, at Facebook, is the only real truth. And it is a particular kind of truth: The News Feed team’s ultimate mission is to figure out what users want — what they find “meaningful,” to use Cox and Zuckerberg’s preferred term — and to give them more of that.
facebook  algorithms  news  radlib  ndl301  tech&society 
april 2017 by barbarafister

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