Saturday, December 14, 2019

Smart News

We examine the emergence of fake news and its disruptive impact on traditional press, digital media outlets, and social media giants, as well as innovative solutions tackling misinformation and dissemination of data and news content. 

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube Fail NATO Test on Fake News

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Take it from a NATO group reporting from near the Russian border: U.S. social media remains a breeding ground for fraud, fake news and manipulation.  Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram are failing to make good on efforts to eliminate...

Anti-Facebook: New Social Media Platforms Lure Disenchanted Users With Quality Content, Data Privacy

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Key Takeaway: Facebook’s public scrutiny creates a window of opportunity for the new wave of digital companies that are seeking to lure the disenchanted users, promising to move away from the data-driven...

“One-Way Mirror” Used by Data Miners to Snoop While You Shop and Surf Online, Study Says

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Click through Facebook, ask Google for directions, shop on Amazon -- you know you’re leaving an electronic trail. What you may not know is that hiding in the dark corners of the Internet countless data brokers and advertisers are hoovering up that...

China Steps Up Deepfake Policing, Banning Fake News As Problem Spreads

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China is moving to regulate deepfake video and audio content, applying a strong-armed approach to an increasingly pervasive issue that other countries have struggled to control. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced new rules on Friday, which includes...

Online Ad Firm Calls for Breakup of Google in Antitrust Lawsuit

An Atlanta online ad company is the latest to call for Google’s breakup, claiming the search giant is a monopoly that uses its dominance in a number of areas that hurt rivals.  The antitrust lawsuit by Inform Inc. says...

Snapchat Takes Stand on Political Ads, as Social Media Rivals Jockey for Position

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Snapchat fact-checks all political ads, CEO Evan Spiegel said this week, the latest tech company aiming to address the spread of misinformation and differentiate itself from other social media platforms. “What we try to do is create a place...

McClatchy May Be Next Old Media Giant to Topple

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McClatchy Co., publisher of 29 newspapers including the Miami Herald, may be the next print media giant to topple after seeing advertising revenues switch to the Internet.Founded in 1857 as The Daily Bee in Sacramento, the company has two classes of stock,...

Relax Everybody, TikTok’s Zhu Says He’ll Defy China’s Leader if the Country Tries to Meddle

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TikTok isn’t the threat that U.S. legislators and security experts are making it out to be, the Chinese video app’s chief said, adding that he’d defy President Xi Jinping if he demanded information. “The data of TikTok is only...

Hearst Magazines Staff Vote to Unionize, As Workers Band Together Amid Industry Upheaval

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Hearst Magazines’ writers, editors, art, design and video professionals voted to unionize, the latest media staff to come together in an effort to protect their rights as employers slash pay and benefits. Hearst Magazines Media Union, about 500 strong,...

Algo-Shaming: Google, Facebook Expand Power With Crackdown on Creators Seeking Clicks

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As advertisers, influencers, and journalists feverishly maneuver for eyeballs and likes, employing an arsenal of tactics to boost their views, social media giants have taken to criticizing them for gaming the system. While it looks like moralizing on the...

Have, Have-Nots: News Group Examines Wealth Inequality Ahead of 2020 Elections

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The richest 1% have nearly doubled their share of U.S. wealth over the past five decades. Meanwhile, more than 43% of Americans are either poor or low income. In fact, the gap between the rich and the poor in the U.S. is...

Twitter, Facebook Clash over Political Ads, Cryptocurrency in Fight for Moral Supremacy

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The Dorsey-Zuckerberg battle for the future of social media ramped up this week, and both sides sought to claim the moral high ground. Jack Dorsey banned paid political and issue advertising from Twitter, saying taking money out of the...

TikTok Parent Denies Plans for Hong Kong IPO as U.S. Expresses Security Concerns

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ByteDance, the China-based parent of popular video music platform TikTok, has been in denial mode the past two days.  ByteDance last night denied a Financial Times story that it would launch its much-anticipated public offering on the Hong Kong...

Facebook Teams Up With Big News Organizations, Seeking to Blunt Fake News Criticism

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Key Takeaway: The Facebook News platform will give some media organizations a new revenue model and a way to grow audiences, but it also further establishes the social network as a content...

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Defends Company From Critics in Leaked Audio

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Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has had a tough couple of months.  Not only was the largest social network fined a record $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission but Facebook critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is gaining ground in...

Vox Joins Forces With New York Media to Challenge Google, Facebook

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Combining the upstart Vox Media and New York Magazine’s owner may have been seen as an odd coupling once, but the merger may represent a new model for media companies seeking to succeed in a fast-evolving landscape. Eight-year old...

Elect-Tech: VC Funds on Left & Right Eye Political Startups as 2020 Nears

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Julie Menter used to struggle to convince voters of the growing link between technology and politics. But with a president known to tweet as many as 52 times a weekend, Menter’s job is easier.  “I would talk with donors...

Why Gen Z Doesn’t Click with Mainstream News

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Key Takeaway: Traditional news companies are failing to connect with Gen Z consumers, a report on journalism found. These organizations should look to social media platforms for successful approaches to engaging young viewers.

Instagram, Whatsapp May Be Big Fake News Threats in 2020 Election, Report Says

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The spread of fake news on U.S.-based social networks like Instagram and WhatsApp will be a bigger threat to the U.S. electoral process next year than foreign sources, an NYU report released this week predicts.  The findings of “Disinformation...

U.S. Military Aims at Fake News As Bad Guys Stay Steps Ahead

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Facebook, Google and a host of social networks are increasingly pressured to root out and stomp out fake news. Now, the U.S. military has joined the fight.   More specifically, DARPA, the Defense Department agency responsible for innovations from weather...

Deepfake Apps in Seconds — More Privacy Concerns From Video Rage

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Not long ago, digitally replacing a face in a video was possible only in a movie studio. Now, thanks to a wildly spreading new app -- and much to the alarm of privacy experts -- it can be done in seconds in...

Pinterest Burnishes Clean Image With Tool to Curb Vaccine Misinformation

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It seems impossible to go a week without another social network handling fallout from another fake news scandal. Digital pinboard Pinterest, however, is taking more steps to polish its clean image, including the launch this week of a search function to combat...

EU Antitrust Chief Promises Renewed Assault on Big Tech’s Data Use

The European Union’s competition chief has a warning for Big Tech: the heat is staying on. Margrethe Vestager said in an interview that “We are definitely not done yet” when it comes to looking at whether companies are abusing...

China’s Facial ID Leader Megvii Files for IPO Amid Hong Kong Unrest

A big player in China’s plan to dominate artificial intelligence filed to go public in Hong Kong against the backdrop of violent protests in the city, where protests are decrying encroaching Chinese control and companies have pulled or delayed IPO plans.

Facebook News Push Takes New Turn, Highlighting Importance of News, Advertising

Social networks encroaching on news organizations’ turf took another turn this week when Facebook announced its latest effort -- hiring a squad of editors to select stories.  Whether this helps the largest social network redeem itself after past gaffes...

Immigrant Social Network Homeis Raises $12M to Expand to U.S.’s Latino Communities

Moving to a new country is scary, complicated, and fraught, and immersing oneself in a strange culture adds layers of dissonance and complexity.  Homeis, a social network for immigrants, is aiming to tame that beast. On Tuesday, Homeis announced...

Twitter Backs ShareChat, Looks to Compete with Facebook in India

Twitter led the latest $100 million round in an Indian social media app ShareChat, according to a TechCrunch report over the weekend, as the social media giant looks to compete with Facebook’s WhatsApp in the Indian market. Twitter faces...

Instagram, Snopes Roll Out New Fact-Checking Features to Address Memes, Satire

Two popular platforms are increasing their efforts to combat online misinformation. Social media giant Instagram and Snopes, a 25-year-old fact-checking site, are launching additional fact-checking features. Their initiatives come as the 2020 campaign election heats up...

Racial Flaws in Facial Recognition Tools Show Up Again in ACLU Study

Another study is saying facial recognition software is proving unreliable when dealing with people of color.The American Civil Liberties Union of California recently released their study of Amazon’s Rekognition software marketed to law enforcement authorities. The software mistakenly matched the faces of...

Verizon Unloads Once-Hot Tumblr For A Song as Media Transition Falters

Verizon dumped the blogging site Tumblr this week for a massive loss, an admission by the wireless company that its ambitious media expansion plans haven’t yet met expectations. The sale to WordPress.com’s parent Automattic was reported to be for...
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