Facebook gets hammered, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix suspended as stunning data breach spooks users
#DeleteFacebook is trending on social media in response to stunning allegations that UK based data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica used information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
Google on Tuesday launched a new initiative, committing $300 million to help news publishers get more paid subscribers while stemming the flow of misinformation.
After studying 126,000 “contested” stories tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times, three scholars from the prestigious Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have placed before the world a stunning piece of research to read and learn from - recently published in Science magazine. That lies travel faster, deeper and father than the truth on Twitter is the grim conclusion the study comes to. Buried deep within the text and graphs are mirrors to society’s rough edges when online is a lived space.
The scientists calculated that the average false story takes about 10 hours to reach 1,500 Twitter users, versus about 60 hours for the truth. On average, false information reaches 35 percent more people than true news.