Category: Fake news

How to spot fake news | DW | 20.08.2018

How to spot fake news | DW | 20.08.2018:

Informiert euch!

Informiert euch!:

Do you know you can check who is behind a website, and potentially get it offline.

Everybody who runs a website is legally required to provide up to date contact information, so the operator can be contacted in case illegal content is found on that site. This becomes public record, and there are public tools that make it really easy to find that information.

For example:

I get a friendly reminder to check if my information is up to date once a year. But Russians who run disinformation websites seem to be less diligent to keep that information up to date. 

Recently somebody sent me a link to this site: 

Since the content looked less trustworthy than the person made out, I decided to look up the ICANN entry, and the 
“Registrant” entry seemed less than convincing.

Registrant Organization: UK Column
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Country: GB

Simply put, that didn’t fulfill the legal requirements. So I reported the site, and lets see if the operator either update the information or if it will be put offline. 

So what can “you” do if you find a site like this?

Check the “whois” entry

If the “Registrant” information is missing or wrong, you can report the site to ICANN via this form:

If the site contain illegal content, you can report it to the “Registrar“. This is the hosting provider that actually hosts the site. They are required to list a “Registrar Abuse Contact Email“ and sometimes even “phone”. Contact the registrar and he will take the appropriate action.

Final step would be to report the site to the police, but that is an action I would only recommend in case of clearly criminal content found. A conspiracy website like the one above is certainly not falling into that category. 

Virtual Russian World in the Baltics | StratCom

Virtual Russian World in the Baltics | StratCom:

10% of active ideological users are purposefully generating 70% of
pro-Russian ideological content among Russian speaking social media
users in the Baltics, says study of StratCom (@stratcomcoe).

Are fake news a problem in your country?Orange = probably YesRed…

Are fake news a problem in your country?

Orange = probably Yes
Red = definitely Yes

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Can you beat my score? Play the fake news game!

Can you beat my score? Play the fake news game!:

A new online game puts players in the shoes of an aspiring propagandist to give the public a taste of the techniques and motivations behind the spread of disinformation—potentially “inoculating” them against the influence of so-called fake news in the process.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have already shown that briefly exposing people to tactics used by fake news producers can act as a “psychological vaccine” against bogus anti-science campaigns.

While the previous study focused on disinformation about climate science, the new online game is an experiment in providing “general immunity” against the wide range of fake news that has infected public debate.

The game encourages players to stoke anger, mistrust and fear in the public by manipulating digital news and social media within the simulation.

Players build audiences for their fake news sites by publishing polarizing falsehoods, deploying twitter bots, photo-shopping evidence, and inciting conspiracy theories in the wake of public tragedy—all while maintaining a “credibility score” to remain as persuasive as possible.

A pilot study conducted with teenagers in a Dutch high school used an early paper-and-pen trial of the game, and showed the perceived “reliability” of fake news to be diminished in those that played compared to a control group.

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EU expert group on Fake News

Dutch team infiltrated Russian hacker group, witnessing U.S. election meddling, DNC attack: report

Dutch team infiltrated Russian hacker group, witnessing U.S. election meddling, DNC attack: report

Figure of the Week: 8180

Figure of the Week: 8180