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 CONVERSATION) When Mark Zuckerberg told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence to detect fake news posted on the social media site, he wasn’t particularly specific about what that meant. Given my own work using image and video analytics, I suggest the company should be careful. Despite some basic potential flaws, AI can be a useful tool for spotting online propaganda – but it can also be startlingly good at creating misleading material. … [Read more...] about How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news
Syrian government employees acknowledge a propaganda war is going on, and they’re working hard to help their side win. The government’s Ministry of Information is a critical player in this battle. Ghassan Chahine, a Damascene with 40 years of experience in the Syria tour-guide business, praised the ministry for making his job easier. Sitting in a courtyard in a boutique hotel in Damascus’s party district, Bab Touma, in October, surrounded by guests visiting with another Western delegation, he said he was lucky to have access to an “official voice” for his country. He speculated that tour guides elsewhere must struggle without that guidance. … [Read more...] about Fake News Tourism in Syria: Westerners Search for ‘Truth,’ But Are They Assad’s Pawns?
Although it was actually posted on an obscure website, the article was designed to look like it came from Lithuania’s news website Delfi. The report accused a U.S. armored vehicle of hitting and killing a young boy riding a bicycle during NATO military exercises in the Baltics. … [Read more...] about Did A US Military Vehicle Kill A Boy In Lithuania? It’s ‘Fake News,’ Defense Minister Says
“It’s a longstanding VFW tradition to give our members the chance to hear directly from the sitting president on the issues that affect veterans, service members and their families. Our members are from all walks, and the VFW is non-partisan,” the VFW tweeted. … [Read more...] about Trump’s ‘fake news’ jab at VFW convention is a new distortion of reality, expert says