Is your fake news about immigrants or politicians? It all depends on where you live

How does fake news differ across Western democracies? Sensationalist? Partisan? Focused on attacking immigrants or politicians? Not surprisingly, fake news is “shaped by national information environments,” writes Edda Humprecht in a new paper, “Where ‘fake news’ flourishes: a comparison across four Western democracies” (Information, Communication & Society). She looks at fake news in the U.S.,…

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Who’s creating the top Facebook videos? “Not people you’ve necessarily heard of”

Motivational speaking, puppies, and babies: These are hot topics for the most popular Facebook videos so far in 2018, according to a NewsWhip analysis. Despite recent changes to Facebook’s algorithm that would supposedly decrease the visibility of clickbait-y and viral video, the second most popular native Facebook video this year is called “Babies and puppies,”…

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“We have built the world that they told us existed”: Did the rise of young, white “Internet reporting” bolster the alt-right?

Listicles of “most outrageous 4chan comments,” presented so that readers will “understand what’s out there.” Nazi-next-door profiles like The New York Times’ infamous “A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland.” Replications of offensive memes when a text description would suffice. Overly identifying information about harassment victims. Using the term “troll” when what you really mean…

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What happens when two companies journalists love to hate are also handing out cash for journalism?

One Wednesday this spring, I wrote about an accelerator aimed at local newsrooms and funded by Facebook. Two days later, I criticized the fact that Facebook’s algorithm changes don’t actually appear to be hurting hyperpartisan publishers. This is a fairly common dynamic at Nieman Lab, where we write about the duopoly’s latest news funding efforts…

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