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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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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Twitter Troll or a Conservative on a Mission?

For five years, the mysterious Twitter account ― which has more than 200,000 followers, including Sean Hannity, Roseanne Barr and the personal account of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and has earned endorsements from Donald Trump and Michael Flynn ― has tirelessly spewed far-right propaganda and, above all, Islamophobia. Around 25 tweets a day, sometimes more, the majority of them designed to stoke hatred of Muslims

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Police: Girl, 15, stabbed over 50x and set on fire; met killer on Facebook

Philadelphia police say a teenage girl was stabbed approximately 80 times and then set on fire met by a man she met on Facebook.

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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.

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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…

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Why social media apps should be in your disaster kit

If you aren’t already familiar with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, it’s about time you learn about them. Social media has become a unique communication tool during times of crisis, elections and to help disseminate breaking news or organize community groups.  Many of these apps are free in the iPhone store or on Google Play for Android, and others are also available online through their respective websites.

With floodwaters at four feet and rising, a family in Houston, Texas abandoned their possessions and scrambled to their roof during Hurricane Harvey to sit with their pets and await rescue. Unable to reach first responders through 911 and with no one visible nearby, they used their cellphones to send out a call for help through a social media application called Nextdoor.

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Meet Hamilton 68 Designed to Detect Fake News and Russian Bots on Social Media

Listen to how fake news being spread online is being detected with a new tool called Hamilton 68, named after Alexander Hamilton and The Federalist Papers 68.

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