Twitter will now label state-controlled media accounts

Twitter is going to start labeling state-run news organizations as such, it announced on Thursday. It will also explicitly label the accounts of those outlets’ editors-in-chief and their senior staffers, as well as “key government officials, including foreign ministers, institutional entities, ambassadors, official spokespeople, and key diplomatic leaders.” When it comes to conversations with government…

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People who get their news from social media are less knowledgeable about politics and coronavirus, and more likely to consume misinformation

Ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, a new report from the Pew Research Center is a window into what news consumption looks like for people who primarily get their news from social media. According to Pew, Americans who mostly rely on social media for news are less knowledgeable about politics and the coronavirus pandemic,…

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The Startups Lab bootcamp by LION and the Google News Initiative aims to train news entrepreneurs

The biggest challenge for news entrepreneurs often isn’t building a news product — it’s developing a sustainable business model. For journalists of color and members of marginalized communities, that challenge is often exacerbated by lack of access to resources, networks, and financial security to be able to experiment, let alone launch a startup. That’s why…

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