Trump, down in the polls, ramps up assaults on the election’s legitimacy as Facebook does “worse than nothing”

“Worse than nothing.” “Trump’s chances are dwindling. That could make him dangerous,” Nate Silver wrote on FiveThirtyEight this week. The president is doubling down on false claims of voter fraud, as Jim Rutenberg wrote in The New York Times Magazine this week: As the 2020 presidential election nears, it is becoming clear that the Trump…

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Escape, education, aspiration: What do rich and poor people want from lifestyle journalism?

In the same way that it’s no longer possible for sports news to “stick to sports,” political and lifestyle journalism are increasingly intersecting — and that meeting point is discussed in a new paper, “Aspirational lifestyle journalism: The impact of social class on producers’ and audiences’ views in the context of socio-economic inequality,” published last…

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Facebook has been terrible about removing vaccine misinformation. Will it do better with election misinformation?

“Even when companies are handed misinformation on a silver platter, they fail to act.” The nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate and global agency Restless Development trained young volunteers to identify, record, and report vaccine misinformation on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.” The platforms’ responses were not impressive: “Of the 912 posts flagged and reported…

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