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In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play - The Verge

In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play - The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/16/13637294/school-libraries-information-literacy-fake-news-election-2016

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Log In Some employees are worried about the spread of racist and so-called alt-right memes across the network, according to interviews with 10 current and former Facebook employees. Others are asking whether they contributed to a “filter bubble” among users who largely interact with people who share the same beliefs. Even more are reassessing Facebook’s role as a media company and wondering how to stop the distribution of false information. Some employees have been galvanized to send suggestions to product managers on how to improve Facebook’s powerful news feed: the streams of status updates, articles, photos and videos that users typically spend the most time interacting with. “A fake story claiming Pope Francis — actually a refugee advocate — endorsed Mr. Trump was shared almost a million times, likely visible to tens of millions,” Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina who studies the social impact of technology, said of a recent post on Facebook.

All I Know Is What’s on the Internet All I Know Is What’s on the Internet Information literacy is not the antidote to fake news, because the institutions for teaching it can’t be trusted either Rolin Moe January 17, 2017 share Image: "Lost in Reflection" from Night Shift by Guillaume Lachapelle. Fake news elected Donald Trump. At least, judging by media attention — social or otherwise — one might come to that conclusion. Fake News is a Real Problem. Here’s How Students Can Solve It. – John Spencer I used to teach a class called photojournalism. I usually referred to it as “digital journalism,” because people assumed we were a photography class. Students created videos, podcasts, documentaries, and blogs with the goal of sharing their work with an authentic audience. On the surface, this might not seem all that practical. After all, newspapers are slashing their budgets and laying off staff.

Info Literacy in the Facebook News Era A growing number of Americans are getting their news from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter according to a recent poll from Pew Research. At the same time, NPR and others are reporting this month that a proliferation of fake news sites have to come into being that use the viral nature of social media to drive ad revenue. The Pew poll showed that two-thirds of Americans said they used social media sites to get news. 18% said they “often” got their news from social media.

What the news media can learn from librarians Photo by Rich Grundy We can all agree it’s been a rough season for the news media. Hostile political crowds, accusations of slander, and struggles with what Guardian editor Katharine Viner has called the “waning power of evidence” and “diminishing status of truth.”

Even Facebook employees think Mark Zuckerberg is wrong about News Feed Even Mark Zuckerberg's own employees think their CEO is wrong about News Feed. A group of Facebook employees are organizing a "task force" to question the social network's involvement with spreading fake news in the run-up to the election, according to BuzzFeed. The group reportedly disagrees with Zuckerberg's public statements on the issue and plans to suggest changes the company can make to improve News Feed. The group is reportedly made up of several dozen employees who are apparently holding secret meetings to discuss their ideas. Citing five unnamed members of the group, described as "an unofficial task force," BuzzFeed reports the employees were upset by Zuckerberg's characterization of the idea that fake news and hoaxes affected the election as "crazy." Many more employees not directly involved in the task force are also unhappy with Facebook's stance on the issue.

Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News Fake news isn’t just Macedonian teenagers or internet trolls. A longstanding network of bogus “think tanks” raise disinformation to a pseudoscience, and their studies’ pull quotes and flashy stats become the “evidence” driving viral, fact-free stories. Not to mention President Trump’s tweets. These organizations have always existed: They’re old-school propagandists with new-school, tech-savvy reach. They’ve been ginning up so-called research for everyone from shady corporations to anti-LGBTQ groups to white supremacists for decades—they’re practiced, and their faux-academic veneer is thick and glossy.

Being a librarian in a post-truth society This week Oxford Dictionaries decided to announce that their word of the year was ‘post-truth’. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, and trust me I sometimes wish I had been as a survival technique, the way in which information has been passed around especially within the political world has been quite striking in its emotive overtones with an emphasis on how facts make people feel as opposed to how objective those facts may be. As librarians, a large part of our professional skill set is helping people find information that is accurate and making sure that people are equipped with the right skills to be able to identify any bias behind that information, good or bad. In the world of the internet of course, anyone can put anything online for a variety of different reasons and with a variety of different intentions in mind and how those things are then absorbed by the average member of the public can be problematic.

Fake news isn’t the only problem After two weeks of following the story of Macedonian “fake news” sites and Facebook’s editorial responsibilities, we wanted to discuss the fact that fake news is only part of the problem. Discerning real information from biased misinformation is a growing challenge in the 21st century. Politicians aren’t the media, but they do get the word out: Over the weekend we watched the President-elect of the United States broadcast through his Twitter feed dubious accusations of voter fraud on the scale of millions. It appears Donald Trump is sourcing Infowars.com, a conspiracy theory site that trades in tales of the US Post Office arming itself to quell civil unrest as well as too many stories about aliens to link to here. But of course it isn’t just Mr.

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