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The polls were overwhelmed on Tuesday, November 6 with an influx of voters, young and old, ready to make a difference and influence their local communities by voting. But as the date for 2018 midterm elections drew nearer, social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat were overwhelmed with another issue—how their platforms were influencing [...]

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A recent study by Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, and Sinan Aral looked at news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 through 2017 , and found that false stories diffused “significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information”, reaching people six times faster than true stories. This effect [...]

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The Next Generation of Fake News

On March 2, 2018 By jpdorris

On February 16, 2018, the Justice Department issued an indictment charging the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization employing hundreds of individuals and having a budget over a million dollars, and thirteen individuals with trying to influence the 2016 election. The organization allegedly studied audience engagement with social media posts and then posed as [...]

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On October 1, 2017 a domestic terrorist fired hundreds of rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas into a concert crowd, killing fifty eight people and injuring hundreds more. The shooter? Early reporting named Geary Danley, a neo-liberal, anti-Trump fanatic who “liked” Black Lives Matter, “Anti-Trump Army,” “Fight Trump,” [...]

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Over the past months, social media frenzies and political rallies against “Fake News” have taken public sentiment by storm. This phenomenon, however, is not new. In fact, Fake News has existed since the invention of print. Although it is often presumed to be extreme in nature, Fake News can take form as inaccurate [...]

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