Fake News for the Week Ending December 6, 2019

There’s a lot to digest this week, so let’s get started:

  • No, there is not a 28th Amendment that bars lawmakers from exempting themselves from having to comply with existing laws. In spite of the meme circulating on Facebook, there are only 27 amendments, and this isn’t one of them. FactCheck.org does the debunking.

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  • Did you hear the one about men driving white vans kidnapping women for sex trafficking? It’s an oldie but a goodie, now being spread by Facebook’s popularity algorithms. CNN reports.
  • Now it’s official. An ex-staffer reveals that Infowars really did make up fake news stories about the threat of Sharia law in the United States, in order to stoke Islamophobia. The New York Times reports.
  • An Israeli-based right-wing group is targeting Muslim Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib with a widespread disinformation campaign. The campaign is currently using “21 Facebook pages to churn out more than a thousand coordinated fake news posts per week to more than a million followers around the world.” The Guardian reports.
  • Why is Louisiana Senator John Kennedy (no relation to the Massachusetts Kennedys) spreading lies and fake news about Ukraine meddling in the 2016 presidential election? Richard Wolfe of The Guardian has an opinion.
  • The Verge has a good article on “How to Fight Lies, Tricks, and Chaos Online.” It’s all about combating the spread of fake news, and you can read it here.

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