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Fake News era: The Use and Abuse of Social Media

Fake News era: The Use and Abuse of Social Media

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Imagine that a broadcaster reaching over 1 billion people a day is making billions of pounds of profits every year, partly by distributing news coverage that includes numerous mistakes. Imagine, too, that, when the broadcaster is called to account, its first proposed solution to the problem is to send out a message to viewers entitled “tips for spotting false news”. The first of the 10 tips is: “Be sceptical of headlines”. When the term “fake news” comes up, people usually think of social media posts with rather fantastic, implausible stories. While posts shared on social media is its most visible aspect, there is so much more to fake news than exaggerated article titles on social media feeds. Fake news may seem new, but the platform used is the only new thing about it. Propaganda ha
Facebook Inc. redesigns its App for readability

Facebook Inc. redesigns its App for readability

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Facebook is rolling out a slight redesign to the News Feed today, which overhauls the main interface of the site for a cleaner look. What that actually translates to in practical terms is getting rid of the blue accents and headers across most of the interface, which the company claims will make navigating easier and more consistent. The social media platform as well updated its Instagram  App with a new design. The comment reels is now being threaded so that users can have sub-conversations in public. The comment threads on posts will now look more like message conversations — specifically, Facebook Messenger conversations. So instead of comments being broken up by simple line breaks, each comment now gets its own gray message bubble, with the goal of making it easier to track w
LinkedIn Lite expands to Kenya

LinkedIn Lite expands to Kenya

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LinkedIn, the professional online network has announced the availability of its  Lite  version in more than 60 countries globally, including Kenya, Nigeria, Malaysia, the Philippines,  and Indonesia in Southeast Asia, after it first launched in India. The LinkedIn Lite, according to the company is focused on speed and simplicity. “LinkedIn Lite is a lighter, faster version of our flagship product and includes all key features such as the news feed, profile, messaging and notifications to help our members get ahead in their careers. Currently, LinkedIn has more than 118 million members in Asia Pacific, including more than 22 million members in the Southeast Asia region. The region remains as one of the fastest growing regions with more than 8 million in Indonesia, 4 million in the
Facebook fight fake news with links to other angles

Facebook fight fake news with links to other angles

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Facebook has been criticized as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The company will become the suggester of perspective to avoid being the “arbiter of truth”. It’s rolling out “Related Articles” that appear below news links to stories lots of people are posting about on Facebook, or that are suspected to be false news and have been externally fact checked by Facebook’s partners. Appearing before someone reads, Related Articles will surface links to additional reporting on the same topic to provide different view points, and to truthiness reports from the fact checkers. If users see drastically different angles when they compare a story to its Related Articles, they might deem it suspic
Fake News and Social Media Reality in Kenya

Fake News and Social Media Reality in Kenya

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A new study reveals that 90% of Kenyans have seen or heard false news about the 2017 general election, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false –or fake– news. The popular social media platforms like facebook and whatsApp have become the preferred channels that propagate 'the alternative facts'. The study by Portland and GeoPoll named, The Reality of Fake News in Kenya reports that Social media is widely used by Kenyans of all ages to access and s hare news, with 49% of Kenyans using social platforms to secure general election news. However, social media consistently ranks lower than traditional media on trust. In the past, false stories were used to peddle narratives about the death of showbiz celebrities, the import of plastic rice into Kenya, the dangers of certain o