Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Cynical Gambit to Make ‘Fake News’ Meaningless

As journalists push back against hoaxes and conspiracies, media skeptics are using charges of “fake news” against professionals.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/12/the-fight-to-make-fake-news-meaningless/509888/

But if the proliferation of bad information online is indeed the dangerous driving force of a post-fact society—a society in which made-up stories inspire real incidents like the gunfire at a pizzeria in Washington over the weekend, or the woman charged with making death threats against the parent of a child murdered in the Newtown massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax—people ought to know what “fake news” actually means.

Commentary: Facebook and Twitter’s real sin goes beyond spreading fake news

Social media companies are taking heat for influencing the outcomes of the U.S. presidential election and Brexit referendum by allowing fake news, misinformation campaigns and hate speech to spread.

But Facebook and Twitter’s real sin was an act of omission: they failed to contribute to the data that democracy needs to thrive. While sitting on huge troves of information about public opinion and voter intent, social media firms watched as U.S. and UK pollsters, journalists, politicians and civil society groups made bad projections and poor decisions with the wrong information.

The Economist's deputy editor Tom Standage weighs in on the debate about false news in the aftermath of America's presidential election.

The Economist's deputy editor Tom Standage weighs in on the debate about false news in the aftermath of America's presidential election.

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Belleville woman helped cook up Pizzagate

Writer disavows responsibility for Sunday’s attack, but passed explosive allegations along.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/12/07/belleville-woman-helped-cook-up-pizzagate.html

Fake news author asks for respect. It grew her audience so it's OK.
"Despite the fallout of Pizzagate (as it’s come to be known) that resulted in an armed man entering Comet Ping Pong in search of alleged child sex slaves, MacWilliams said she has no regrets."
“I really have no regrets and it’s honestly really grown our audience,” she said.

About this blog

Fake news is not a good term to use; it's lazy, we don't have any agreement on what it means, there are better terms, it is unlikely to fall out of common usage for some time - precisely because of that.

This is a collection of articles following on from Blogs to Breitbart and continues my interest in all this made up stuff:

Propaganda
Disinformation
Content Farming
Lies
Deceit
Twisted editorial.

So, "Fake News" it is.