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    Real News About Fake News

    The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

    Plus: Google’s new but fairly useless “knowledge panels,” bots spreading misinformation in local races, and: When is misinformation most dangerous?
    Plus: Facebook, Google, and Twitter face Congress, and new research into the spread of misinformation on WeChat.
    Plus: Platforms scramble to do something about shady political ads before Congressional hearings start, and is fake news better thought of as “disinformation advertising”?
    Plus: A former Russian troll speaks out; a definition of disinformation; Wikitribune’s preferred news sources.
    Plus: Facebook is just fixing a bug (right!), labeling fake news seems to work, and lawmakers will release the Russia ads.
    Plus: How news organizations could work together to stop the spread of misinformation during breaking news events; fighting fake news on WhatsApp.
    Also: Mark Zuckerberg has regrets, and the Russians’ role as cultural flame-fanners.
    “Disinfobros.” Also: Snopes gets fact-checked about its own history, and Mark Zuckerberg is transformed by a meeting with a Waco minister.
    Plus: “The year’s most consequential storylines have collided,” the differences between “observational” and direct correction, and one more trip to Macedonia.
    Plus: Facebook sold (at least?) $100,000 worth of political ads to Russia, and its factchecking partners are annoyed again.
    Plus: Why fake news spreads so fast on Facebook, a fake news “taxonomy,” and a few podcast episodes for your weekend listening.
    Plus: The importance (or not) of identifying news sources, big companies go rumor-hunting, and how easy it is to plant a fake poll.
    Plus: The AP’s new fake news listing, a lack of center-right news outlets, and how to spot a fake viral video.
    Plus: Crimea’s News Front; the fate of online trust; Facebook stops saying “fake news.”
    Plus: Surrounding fake news with real news, fake news games, and Kenya faces an election.
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