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Facebook expands fact-checking program, adopts new technology for fighting fake news

Facebook this morning announced an expansion of its fact-checking program and other actions it’s taking to combat the scourge of fake news on its social network. The company, which was found to be compromised by Russian trolls whose disinformation campaigns around the November 2016 presidential election reached 150 million Americans, has been increasing its efforts at fact-checking news through a combination of technology and human review in the months since.

The company began fact-checking news on its site last spring, with help from independent third-party fact-checkers certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network.

These fact checkers rate the accuracy of the story, allowing Facebook to take action on those rated false by lowering them in the News Feed, and reduced the distribution of those Pages that are repeat offenders.

Today, Facebook says it has expanded this program to 14 countries around the world, and plans to roll it out to more countries by year-end. It also claims the impact of fact-checking reduced the distribution of fake news by an average of 80 percent.

The company additionally announced the expansion of its program for fact-checking photos and video to four countries.

First unveiled this spring, Facebook has been working to fact-check things like manipulated videos or misused photos where images are taken out of context in order to push a political agenda. This is a huge issue, because memes have become a popular way of rallying people around a cause on the internet, but they often do so by completely misrepresenting the facts by using images from different events, places, and times.

One current example of this is the photo used by Drudge Report showing young boys holding guns in a story about the U.S.-Mexico border battle. The photo was actually taken nowhere near the border, but rather was snapped in Syria in 2012 and was captioned by the photographer: “Four young Syrian boys with toy guns are posing in front of my camera during my visit to Azaz, Syria. Most people I met were giving the peace sign. This little city was taken by the Free Syrian Army in the summer of 2012 during the Battle of Azaz.”

Using fake or misleading images to stoke fear, disgust, or hatred of another group of people is a common way photos and videos are misused online, and they deserve fact-checking as well.

Facebook also says it’s now taking advantage of new machine learning technology to help it find duplicates of already debunked stories. And it will work with fact-checking partners to use Schema.org‘s Claim Review, an open-source framework that will allow fact-checkers to share ratings with Facebook so the company can act more quickly, especially in times of crisis.

The company is also expanding its efforts in downranking fake news by using machine learning to demote foreign Pages that are spreading financially-motivated hoaxes to people in other countries.

In the weeks ahead, an elections research commission working in partnership with Facebook to measure the volume and effect of misinformation on the social network will launch its website and its first request for proposals.

The company had already announced its plans to further investigate the role social media plans in elections and in democracy. This commission will receive access to privacy-protected data sets with a sample of links that people engaged with on Facebook, which will allow it to understand what sort of content is being shared, says Facebook. The company claim the research will “help keep us accountable and track our progress.”

We’ll see!


Source: TechCrunch

Leap Motion’s AR table tennis is a long way from your parents’ Pong

A new demo from Leap Motion shows that table tennis in mixed reality could be a lot of fun — you never have to pick up the ball, for starters. But its greatest potential may be in teaching players how to improve against A.I. opponents.

The post Leap Motion’s AR table tennis is a long way from your parents’ Pong appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The best comic book readers

If you like comics, but don’t want to fill your attic with box after box of old issues, maybe it’s time to go digital? There are plenty of comic book reader apps for phones, tablets, and laptops and we’ve compiled a list of the best.

The post The best comic book readers appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Problem With the ‘Rainbow-Washing’ of LGBTQ+ Pride

Corporations might genuinely support the LGBTQ+ community with Pride-related promotions, but is there a line between allyship and marketing that shouldn’t be crossed?
Source: Wired

Amazon Fire TV Cube Review: Don’t Trade the Remote for Alexa Just Yet

Amazon’s promise for the future of TV doesn’t quite come through in the Cube.
Source: Wired

NASA’s New Plan: Do More Science With Small Satellites

A new NASA program aims to turn the gaze of small, traditionally Earth-monitoring satellites outward toward the cosmos.
Source: Wired

Steam Summer Sale 2018 may kick off today – CNET

Are you ready to expand your gaming library (and empty your wallet) on the longest day of the year?
Source: CNET

29Rooms, an Instagram-ready art exhibit, opens in San Francisco – CNET

Pop Art meets pop-up shop.
Source: CNET

iOS 12: Release date, new features and hidden features – CNET

Every new feature coming for the iPhone and iPad.
Source: CNET

Robotic kitchen arms can cook you a 5 star meal video – CNET

The Moley kitchen can cook you dinner and do the dishes.
Source: CNET

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