A news story that's been labeled false by Facebook's third-party fact-checking partners sees its future impressions on the platform drop by 80%, according to new data contained in an email sent by a Facebook executive and obtained by BuzzFeed News.The message also said it typically takes "over three days" for the label to be applied to a false story, and that Facebook wants to work with its partners to speed the process.The data about the effectiveness of Facebook's fact-checking partnership initiative was contained in a brief email sent today by Jason White, Facebook's manager of news partnerships, to the company's fact-checking partners."We have been closely analyzing data over several weeks and have learned that once we receive a false rating from one of our fact checking par...
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When it comes to Facebook’s effort to stop the flow of misinformation on its platform, the labels can be misleading — and the project appears to be more about perfecting the company's algorithms than providing a “Good Housekeeping” stamp of approval for readers.Almost exactly nine months ago, the company announced it would add a “disputed by third party fact-checkers” label to links in the News Feed that external fact checkers deemed completely false. Since then, the label has been a major focus of reporting and research. “Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn't work, study says,” read the headline on a Politico story about a draft research paper. (Facebook questioned the study’s methodology and the validity of its findings.)But here’s the hidden truth people keep missing: the pub
The mushrooming chaos erupting from the White House is testing the boundaries of one of the Trump administration’s safest spaces: Fox News.On Tuesday evening, the New York Times published a bombshell story reporting that former FBI director James Comey wrote a memo after a meeting with President Trump that detailed how the president asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.The revelation of the memo — shared with Comey’s close associates and confirmed by other outlets, but not obtained by them — quickly cascaded across a cable news landscape already gearing up to cover another major story, the Washington Post’s Monday report that the president discussed classified information with Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting.Exhausted Repub
Fox News anchor and reporter Kelly Wright has joined 12 other current and former employees in a lawsuit against the cable news network, claiming they endured repeated racial discrimination and harassment for years, while senior executives deliberately ignored it.The suit comes as the embattled network scrambles to repair its image after the firing of top-rated host Bill O’Reilly last week over sexual harassment claims, and last summer’s ousting of former chief Roger Ailes, who was also accused of sexually harassing women. Both men have vehemently denied the allegations.“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” lawyers Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, who are representing the plaintiff