Part VI: Video-Researching Potentially Fake Facebook Profiles

Researching Potentially Fake Facebook Profiles Last week I introduced you to the Stalk Scan tool, and gave you nine profiles to check out to determine which ones were fake. If you did the exercise, how many did you think were fake? Actually ALL the profiles in that exercise were fake.

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Due Process and the Rule of Law: Are we now guilty until proven innocent?

Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years In the year of the “Me Too” movement with women coming forward accusing famous men and celebrities like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby of sexual assault, years after the statute of limitations, are we now at a point in America where physical evidence no longer matters?

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KAVANAUGH CONTROVERSY: Dems Aren’t About Protecting Women – Only About Preserving A Liberal SCOTUS

Delay, delay, delay. That is the desperate last-ditch strategy by the Democrats, which we see playing out before our eyes. They are hoping that they

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A Search Tool for Finding Fake Facebook Profiles

Last week we talked about foreign profiles creating fake news sites and posting links in political groups with American audiences. I gave you several groups to visit, to see whether you could find any accounts from outside the US posting content there. I just went back and checked a few, and I saw posts from Pakistan, the Philippines, Benin, Denmark, India, Switzerland, and several other places. These profiles weren’t hiding their nationality – you could see it on their profiles pretty clearly.

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Exclusive Series: Part IV-Facebook Groups-Home of Foreign Fakes

Facebook Groups – Home of Foreign Fakers (Part 1) I’ve been tracking fake profiles on Facebook in my spare time this year. That sounds like a silly hobby, but it’s been highly educational. I started because I noticed that many of the profiles I caught sharing fakery seemed to be fake.

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Exclusive Series: Part III-Stopping Fake News Begins With Us

One of the reasons fakery spreads so quickly is that we no longer look too carefully at the information that we scroll past in our feeds. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms are designed to encourage users to share images and stories instantly, based on the text or pictures or headlines, rather than consider first whether those things are true.

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Exclusive Series: Fake news -The 7 types of misinformation and disinformation

Seven Types of Fakery One of the hardest things about dealing with fakery is getting people to agree on definitions. Claire Wardle of First Draft News has a wonderful graphic to help differentiate between some prevalent types of misinformation and disinformation. This week

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Finally…Trump orders flags re-lowered for McCain: ‘Despite our differences,’ I respect his service… 

Why was it so difficult for Trump to put aside his petty resentment towards McCain aside and show some human decency towards another human being? McCain wasn’t just another human being. He was a hero who has left a lifetime legacy that Trump will never leave. McCain was a rival to Trump and represented all that is good about America, our values, and our veterans. After public rebuke and pressure, Trump finally issued a more sincere statement about McCain’s lifelong service. Sadly we already know how Trump really feels about McCain when he said he wasn’t a war hero because he was captured during the Vietnam war.

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Trump wants to make being a cooperating witness, “flipping”, illegal

Should Trump make flipping illegal in order to protect himself from being implicated in a federal crime? This is the latest outrageous statement made by Donald Trump. Apparently he really does believe he’s above the law and entitled to change the laws in order to benefit him. This would be a dark day on the American justice system if Trump could unilaterally change the law, but thankfully this is not how our system of government works and Congress would have to pass legislation to change the law. It’s come to the point that if the GOP doesn’t start speaking out against this president and consider impeachment they are complicit in aiding a lawless administration.

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Exclusive Series: How To Find and Fight Fake News

In this series, I’ll update you weekly on what I’m seeing in my fight against fakery. I’ll introduce you to partners in the fakery fight, such as the Pro-Truth Pledge project, Lead Stories’ Hoax Alert, new allies like Advocate Against Romance Scams and Sarah from Exploiting the Niche, and journalists from Buzzfeed and Media Matters for America. I’ll share my findings and methods for catching fakes, and tell you how you can get involved in the fight. I’ll ask you what kind of fakery you’re encountering, and I’ll suggest regular action items so you can join in the effort to fight fakery. And I’ll also point you to good places to learn more.

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