Twitter Disclosure

by Carmine Bussone

Con un thread pubblicato ieri sera sul profilo del suo Policy Team, Twitter ha annunciato la pubblicazione di una mole notevole di dati riconducibili alle attività del famigerato Internet Research Institute, l’organizzazione russa conosciuta come Fabbrica dei Troll.

Stiamo parlando di una grande quantità di materiale, almeno dieci milioni di tweet di quasi quattromila account diversi; due milioni di file multimediali fra video, GIF e dirette Periscope.

Tutte queste informazioni sarebbero state utilizzate per veicolare propaganda e interferire con le discussioni sociali e politiche relative alle elezioni americane attraverso account falsi che diffondevano opinioni o notizie altrettanto fasulle.

Lo scopo di tutto ciò è la volontà da parte di Twitter di permettere l’analisi delle ingerenze della Russia sull’informazione e sulle coscienze delle persone a livello globale. Non è difficile immaginare che già molto presto si avranno risultati interessanti da parte di giornalisti o analisti di dati.

Già ad inizio anno, Twitter aveva pubblicato alcuni dati relativi all’attività dell’IRI e un paio di settimane fa comunicava altre restrizioni delle proprie regole di condotta e utilizzo.

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Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars Quarantine instead, or it’ll be ‘but her emails!’ 2.0

by Carmine Bussone

Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars.

La lotta alle bufale sbandierata da Facebook potrebbe incontrare il classico rovescio della medaglia secondo cui, eliminando i contenuti che diffondono notizie false, si correrebbe il rischio di dare risalto proprio a questi ultimi.

Nel mirino soprattutto Infowars, il sito che diffonde fake news propagandistiche popolarissimo negli USA e principale attore della campagna presidenziale di Donald Trump.

Poi qui c’è John Oliver che parla di Alex Jones (il fondatore e conduttore), e fa sempre bene rivederlo:

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‘Fake news’: the best thing that’s happened to journalism

As I’ve written elsewhere, there is a commercial and technological context to fake news, but ultimately it is a political issue. We have to understand ideologies of information. For anyone dealing in information, ethics is now not an add on. It is integral to the information economy. Trust is the currency of networked media. Around fake news we have a remarkable opportunity to get it right.

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Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as ‘unreliable’ source

A little bit of an old news, but worth a reading nonetheless.

Online encyclopaedia editors rule out publisher as a reference citing ‘reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism’

I hope this kind of move will become more and more widespread, although I’m sure there will be many complains about “freedom of speech”. But as we said last year, when Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter, you can say whatever you want but there will be consequences. Like never be used as source material.

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Facebook Pins a Scarlet Letter to Fake News

A process to tag fake news with a warning label. Facebook has made arrangements with a network of fact-checking organizations. The organizations will vet stories that surface through user reports and indications that Facebook’s algorithm will sniff out. If the organizations — which themselves are identified by the non-profit Poynter Institute as signatories of its International Fact Checking Code of Principles — dispute the claims in the story, Facebook will label it as “disputed,” and put a “flag” on it that links to the fact checker’s explanation. The fact checkers involved in this initial part of the program are Snopes, Politifact, Factcheck.org, and ABC News’ fact-checking initiative. Mosseri says those organizations are taking on this task as part of their mission, and Facebook isn’t paying them.

About time. (This article is by Steven Levy, so read it all, it’s worth it.)

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Fixing fake news: Treat the problem not just the symptom

Tom Trewinnard:

We would like to ask a difficult question: why are people in vast and unprecedented numbers turning to fake news? Facebook’s News Feed algorithm may amplify engagement with misinformation but it cannot bear sole responsibility for the broken information ecosystem in which fake news thrives. We can do more to address the symptom of fake news online, but we cannot fail to address the underlying sickness: for broad sections of society trust in journalistic institutions has almost completely disintegrated. Newsrooms need urgent change if they are to remain relevant to the diverse public they hope to serve.

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