NEW YORK (AP) — Half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it, according to a new survey.
LONDON (AP) — Fake news has evolved beyond the playbook used by Russian trolls in the U.S. election. As the European Union gears up for a crucial election, it is mostly homegrown groups rather...
ROME (AP) — Facebook shut down phony Italian accounts and pages spreading fake news ahead of European Union parliamentary elections, prompting opposition lawmakers to call Monday for tougher laws...
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore has passed a law criminalizing publication of fake news and allowing the government to block and order the removal of such content.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A rising tide of fake news and disinformation is dominating World Press Freedom Day discussions taking place this week in Ethiopia, which is hosting the event after...
Fake news? Mueller isn’t buying it
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team love to deride unfavorable stories as "fake news," but it's clear from Robert Mueller's report that the special counsel isn't buying...
NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi shop owner Ram Shankar Rai spends at least two hours a day going through political news and videos shared with him on social media.
Fake news floods Indian social media ahead of vote
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore's proposed law to fight "online falsehoods," but his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, warned that...
- India's ruling party releases manifesto days before election
- India's leader rallies his base with Hindu mega projects
- India political rivals join hands in bid to top ruling party
- Indian elections to begin April 11 as Modi seeks re-election
- Facebook says it's limiting false stories for India election
- India election body struggles with scale of fake information
PARIS (AP) — Twitter said Thursday it has stopped blocking French government ads calling on people to vote after it came under fire from authorities for being overzealous in applying a law aimed...
MADRID (AP) — Spain is joining Europe-wide efforts to fight disinformation and online sabotage with new resources ahead of elections.
Spanish deputy prime minister, Carmen Calvo, announced...
No body double: Trump blasts #FakeMelania theories
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not amused by the #FakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media.
He spun off a new theory on Wednesday to debunk the idea that...
Thai political party slammed with ‘fake news’ charge
BANGKOK (AP) — The deputy leader of an up-and-coming political party contesting Thailand's general election has become the latest target of online content laws after unwittingly sharing a false...
Nigeria in battle against fake news ahead of elections
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish, yet widely believed, that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and been replaced by a Sudanese body double.
"It's (the) real me, I assure you," President Muhammadu Buhari said late last year, to dispel the story that was viewed more than 500,000 times on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news
LONDON (AP) — European Union authorities warned leading tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.
The EU's executive commissioners said that while the U.S. internet giants have made some progress, they need to pick up the pace of their work fighting disinformation and if their efforts are unsatisfactory, they could face regulation.
On Twitter, limited number of characters spreading fake info
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds.
AP Exclusive: Facebook removes fake Bangladesh news sites
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform told The Associated Press.
EU’s Juncker lashes Hungary’s Orban over fake news
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker lashed out at the leader of Hungary on Friday for spreading fake news, after EU leaders called for measures to tackle the deliberate spread of disinformation in time for European elections in five months.
EU steps up fight against ‘fake news’ ahead of elections
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities want internet companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter to file monthly reports on their progress eradicating "fake news" campaigns from their platforms ahead of elections next year.
Officials from the EU's executive Commission unveiled the measures Wednesday as part of an action plan to counter disinformation in the lead up to the continent-wide vote in the spring.
Dictionary.com chooses ‘misinformation’ as word of the year
NEW YORK (AP) — Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as Dictionary.com's word of the year on the tattered coattails of "toxic," picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times.
Facebook shuts 20 pages claiming to be Ethiopian broadcaster
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A major Ethiopian broadcaster says Facebook has shut 20 pages that falsely used its name.
Fana Broadcasting Corporate's announcement comes as Ethiopians complain that fake news reports in recent months have contributed to mass violence and deaths in some parts of the country.
Social media’s misinformation battle: No winners, so far
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they're making some headway, although they're still a very long way from winning the war.
China denies spying on Trump’s phone, suggests he use Huawei
BEIJING (AP) — Taking a page from the U.S. president's own playbook, China on Thursday denounced a U.S. newspaper report that it is listening to Donald Trump's phone calls as "fake news," and suggested he exchange his iPhone for a cellphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei.
South Korean war on ‘fake news’ raises concern of censorship
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While governments around the world ponder how to deal with the explosion of "fake news," South Korea has come out swinging, vowing to use its criminal laws to curb what officials have declared a threat to democracy.
WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections
SAO PAULO (AP) — The WhatsApp messaging service said Friday that it has sent "cease and desist" letters to stop companies from sending bulk messages related to Brazil's election, after a report that businessmen were bankrolling a campaign to spread fake news in support of leading far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
Facebook to fight fake news in election war room
Brazil candidate accused of spreading fake news stories
SAO PAULO (AP) — Charges of fake news are heating up the presidential race ahead of Brazil's Oct. 28 runoff, with the center-left candidate on Tuesday accusing his rival's campaign of defaming him with false stories on social media and messaging apps.
A fact-checking group said that Fernando Haddad has been targeted by a wave of false allegations, some accusing him of planning to shut down churches and distribute textbooks teaching children to be gay.
Egypt says it fights fake news, critics see new crackdown
CAIRO (AP) — Echoing some of President Donald Trump's rhetoric, authorities in Egypt are taking aim at an alleged barrage of "fake news" they say is meant to sow division and undermine the rule of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
Beyond fake news? Facebook to fact check photos, videos
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is expanding its fact-checking program to include photos and videos as it fights fake news and misinformation on its service.
Malicious groups seeking to sow political discord in the U.S. and elsewhere have been embracing images and video to spread misinformation.
After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech.
UK lawmakers recommend tougher rules on Facebook
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government should increase oversight of social media like Facebook and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age, a parliamentary committee has recommended in a scathing report on fake news, data misuse and interference by Russia.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Facebook has removed a network of pages and profiles in Brazil that the social media company says were used to spread misinformation and foment divisiveness.
The company said Wednesday that it took down 196 pages and 87 profiles that violated its authenticity policies. It said they formed a network that hid behind fake accounts to obscure the "nature and origin of its content."
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Radio Free Europe said Thursday that it will resume news services in Romania and Bulgaria in a bid to debunk fake news and combat poor-quality journalism.
The U.S. Congress-funded station will return to the two southeastern European countries, both European Union and NATO members, starting in December.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his supporters have a new buzz phrase to diagnose his critics: "Trump Derangement Syndrome."
The term is supposed to describe voters who are so angry and opposed to the U.S. president that they are incapable of seeing any good in what he does. "TDS" has popped up on Fox News in recent weeks and was cited by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in interviews this week before being used by the president himself on Twitter on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump found time to attack CNN, NBC and the British tabloid The Sun, and offer fashion advice to a fourth news organization, while talking to reporters Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The leaders faced sharp questions at a news conference following their talks, which came between a reportedly contentious meeting of NATO representatives and Trump's upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
NEW YORK (AP) — Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations.
The company said Monday it will make "authoritative" news sources more prominent, especially in the wake of breaking news events when misinformation can spread quickly.
UK lawmakers slam Facebook’s evasive answers
LONDON (AP) — The head of the U.K. Parliament's media committee slammed Facebook on Friday for what it described as evasive behavior in answering questions on fake news.
Committee chair Damian Collins said that Facebook's claims that it was unable to distinguish between political and non-political advertising is "difficult to believe." He cited several examples of where Facebook's responses were "found wanting," including their refusal to share how many resources they were devoting to security.
Editorials from around Ohio
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Columbus Dispatch, May 12
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump May 9:
The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian former strongman Mahathir Mohamad, who heads an opposition alliance in next week's national elections, has brushed off concerns that he is under investigation for spreading false news.
Kuala Lumpur police have said they are investigating Mahathir under a new law banning fake news after complaints over Mahathir's claim that his chartered plane was sabotaged last week to prevent him from filing his candidacy in the northern resort island of Langkawi.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a Danish citizen to a week in jail after he pleaded guilty to maliciously publishing false information, the first person to be punished under a controversial anti-fake news law.
The legislation was approved by parliament earlier this month despite criticism that it was aimed at silencing dissent ahead of a May 9 general election. It carries a maximum penalty of six years in jail and a fine of 500,000 ringgit ($128,000).
Times-Call Journalists to Participate in ‘Media Literacy in the Age of Fake News’ Panel in Longmont
Journalists from the Longmont Times-Call will take part in a free panel discussion put on by the Longmont Library on Thursday night titled "Should I Share This? Media Literacy in the Age of Fake News."
The event is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the City Council chambers at the Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont.
LONDON (AP) — A propaganda expert who has studied Cambridge Analytica says the company helped Donald Trump's presidential campaign use false statements and anti-Muslim messages to spread fear and resentment in swing states he needed to win.
NOT REAL NEWS: Pope didn’t “overrule” Bible
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis may be pushing the envelope on interpreting Catholic doctrine, but he hasn't asserted that his words overrule the Bible.
False reports that have been trending online claim Francis made the assertion in response to criticism that his teachings "contradict Bible teaching." Many of the sites posting the story deal in fake news.
The First Amendment grants us the privilege of free speech, however, I am sure that our founders did not intend it to support “fake news” and/or lies.
It’s important to keep an eye on the rest of the world.
W ASHINGTON ? When fake news blasts traditional media for being "fake news," how does one respond?
Do you shout, 'I'm not fake, you are'? Do you ignore the charge? If you don't fight back, are you affirming the fool? If you do, doth thou protest too much?
The risk of doing nothing, of course, is to go crazy, too.
Answer Man, I don’t understand the outrage over the Sinclair Broadcasting having its anchors read a statement denouncing “fake news.” Why shouldn’t they speak out against fake news? — Jerry
Until now, Sinclair Broadcast Group has been the largest media conglomerate you’ve probably never heard of. Maryland-based Sinclair owns or operates 193 stations throughout the United States.