Fake News for the Week Ending May 27, 2022

Fake news knows no boundaries, as we see this week. That didn't take long. The rumors and conspiracy theories about the appalling elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, started just as soon as bullets stopped flying. Before authorities had even identified the shooter, there was wild speculation that he was an illegal immigrant, that he … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending May 27, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending May 20, 2022

Let's get right to it. Last week I wrote about the DHS' new Disinformation Governance Board, designed to counter disinformation about elections and other major events. The Board itself became the victim of disinformation from conservatives who compared it to Orwell's Ministry of Truth and claimed it only existed to silence right-wing voices. Well, the … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending May 20, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending May 13, 2022

It's Friday the 13th and fake news isn't limited to the United States—it's a worldwide phenomenon. In the Philippines, there's an upcoming election and the spread of disinformation in the campaign is staggering. Some of it is spread by "social media marketing consultants" who manage hundreds of troll accounts spreading lies and fictions about opposing … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending May 13, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending May 6, 2022

There's a lot of news about fake news this week, so let's get to it. The Department of Homeland Security announced a Disinformation Governance Board to counter Russian disinformation as well as misleading information that human smugglers circulate to target migrants hoping to travel to the U.S. Right-wingers immediately criticized the new board, claiming it … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending May 6, 2022