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

Fake News for the Week Ending April 8, 2022

It's a mixed bag of fake news news this week, with the now-normal emphasis on Ukrainian-related disinformation. Here's encouraging news. Readers of my blog or book know that Fox News and other right-wing media are major disseminators of fake news, conspiracy theories, and other forms of disinformation about COVID-19, the 2020 presidential election, and other … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending April 8, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending February 18, 2022

Fake news isn't limited to just the United States, as was quite evident this week. You've no doubt been reading about the so-called "Freedom Convoy" that's disrupting business in Canada. The group of mildly annoyed truckers have been using their trucks to stall traffic and block the bridge between Windsor and Detroit to protest their … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending February 18, 2022

Fake News for the Week Ending January 21, 2022

Lots of little tidbits regarding fake news this week. They all add up. Who is most likely to spread fake news? Is it the conservatives? Trump supporters? The poorly educated? Just-published research dismisses some of these usual suspects, finding that conservatives and Trump supporters in general are not necessarily fake news spreaders. Instead, the people … Continue reading Fake News for the Week Ending January 21, 2022