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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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

Read more

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.

Read more

Did The Federalist Party Thwart An Attempted Coup?

While I really hoped the Federalist Party would succeed and overcome the challenges of other third parties, I have lost hope in that becoming a reality. It appears that since the time I left in June to now things have become more disorganized and the lack of leadership and communication still exists.

Read more

The Weaponization of Fake News

Truth is harder to find today than ever before, misinformation and the spreading of it to match one’s worldview seems to be winning. The Father of Lies must be grinning from ear to ear over this.

Read more

Twitter Removes 2,752 Accounts Linked to Russian Operatives

While Facebook stated that as many as 80,000 posts, seen by up to 126 million Americans, were made by accounts connected to Russian operatives, Twitter revised their findings quite a bit as well. Since September they have found an additional 2,551 Russian accounts, bringing their total up to 2,752.

Read more

Facebook to provide ads bought by Russian company to congressional committees

WASHINGTON — Facebook said Thursday that it would turn over to Congress copies of more than 3,000 ads linked to a shadowy Russian company, for House and Senate committees’ investigations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election. The move is an about-face for Facebook, which earlier this month said it had given the ads and other…

Read more