The latest: Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez set up a website called HealthNewsNJ.com as a vehicle to attack his opponent in November’s midterms, ex-pharma CEO Bob Hugin. The website passes itself off as a journalistic website dedicated to health news, save for a small print disclosure on the site, STAT reports. … [Read more...] about Pols Employ Fake News Sites to Bolster Election Campaigns
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The biggest challenge, however, of using AI to detect fake news is that it puts technology in an arms race with itself. Machine learning systems are already proving spookily capable at creating what are being called “deepfakes” – photos and videos that realistically replace one person’s face with another, to make it appear that, for example, a celebrity was photographed in a revealing pose or a public figure is saying things he’d never actually say. Even smartphone apps are capable of this sort of substitution – which makes this technology available to just about anyone, even without Hollywood-level video editing skills. … [Read more...] about How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news
Social media are a major channel for pro-Syrian propaganda, and many Westerners who go on these guided tours post photos and commentary about their trip on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Several repeat visitors have built up significant followings: Ashdown has more than 2,500 Facebook followers. British-born Vanessa Beeley, a self-proclaimed “independent journalist,” has 25,000 followers on Twitter. Canadian Eva Bartlett, who blogs for Russia Today, a Kremlin mouthpiece, has more than 75,000 followers across both platforms. All three focus on similar topics, including discrediting the White Helmets. They occasionally give talks across the U.K. or U.S. and repeatedly say their access inside Syria gives them more credibility than reporters from more mainstream groups, such as The Guardian or the BBC. … [Read more...] about Fake News Tourism in Syria: Westerners Search for ‘Truth,’ But Are They Assad’s Pawns?
However, Moscow's efforts to impact the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump through fake news and hacking are at the center of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Evidence has also been put forward that Russian hackers worked to influence the summer 2016 Brexit decision, in which U.K. citizens narrowly voted in favor of leaving the European Union. … [Read more...] about Did A US Military Vehicle Kill A Boy In Lithuania? It’s ‘Fake News,’ Defense Minister Says
“His campaign is not only to discredit the news media, but it’s an attempt to undermine the notion of a common world of fact,” he said. “His argument is that there’s no such thing and no one should try to persuade you that there is.” … [Read more...] about Trump’s ‘fake news’ jab at VFW convention is a new distortion of reality, expert says