Hyperpartisan Facebook Groups are the Next Big Challenge for Fact-Checkers

Jonathan Albright wants you to know that misinformation still exists on Facebook — it’s just not as obvious as it used to be.

Albright, director of the Digital Forensics Initiative at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, spent months digging into the analytics of Facebook posts, political ads and private groups to determine how the platform was influencing the election.

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  • November 29, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Curious. A study of hyperpartisan facebook groups only identified right-wing actors?

    Apparently encampments of activists who start fires, blockade roadways, chase motorists off the road, attempt to disarm motorists, clash with police officers over access to restricted right-of-way where permitted construction work is taking place comprise mostly victims of police-state violence according to memes circulated among left-wing outlets. “Security guards attacked with dogs” is how hyperpartisan facebook groups spin rioters’ sortie across a fence to advance toward security personnel guarding lawful construction activities. Pictures of dog bites from unreleated incidents are offered as fake proof that security workers attacked. An agitator battling for control of a bridge who was injured by a tear gas cannister appears to be among those picking up and throwing cannisters back at police. Agitators lit vehicles on fire then complained that police attacked women and children in freezing weather with water cannons after firefighters battled the blaze. The hyperpartisan memes never asked why females with children knowingly put those children at risk in freezing weather on the front-lines of a conflict-charged environement.

    Yet the professor could not find any “hyperpartisan” misinformation on the left? Seems fake….


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