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A network of teen fact-checkers is tackling online misinformation ahead of the election — here’s what they want you to know about spotting falsified facts

A program from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network, is training Gen Z middle- and high-schoolers to spot and debunk viral misinformation online. Misinformation, or false and inaccurate news portrayed as fact, has risen across social media platforms in the wake of the 2020 election, […]
A network of teen fact-checkers is tackling online misinformation ahead of the election — here’s what they want you to know about spotting falsified facts
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Facebook removed misleading census ads from Trump’s campaign

Facebook has removed a series of ads posted by the Trump campaign that gave the misleading impression respondents would be taking part in the official 2020 US census. One of the ads reportedly read: “President Trump needs you to take the Official 2020 Congressional District Census today,” implying the survey […]
Facebook removed misleading census ads from Trump’s campaign
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Facebook refuses to fact-check political ads, and it’s infuriating employees and lawmakers. Here’s why the issue continues to dog the company.

2019 has been especially tumultuous for Facebook. The biggest issue the company faces stems from political advertising, and Facebook’s policy not to fact-check that advertising. “Facebook exempts politicians from our third-party fact-checking program,” VP of global affairs and communication Nick Clegg wrote in late September. “We rely on third-party fact-checkers […]
Facebook refuses to fact-check political ads, and it’s infuriating employees and lawmakers. Here’s why the issue continues to dog the company.
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Bernie Sanders’ campaign is demanding that The Washington Post retract a fact-check article that assigned Sanders 3 ‘Pinocchios’

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign team published a letter on Saturday demanding The Washington Post retract a recent fact-check article. The article questioned Sanders’ claim that “500,000 people go bankrupt every year because they cannot pay their outrageous medical bills.” The Post awarded Sanders “Three Pinocchios” for what […]
Bernie Sanders’ campaign is demanding that The Washington Post retract a fact-check article that assigned Sanders 3 ‘Pinocchios’
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Popular fact-checking website PolitiFact crashed during Trump’s State of the Union

Non-partisan fact-checking website PolitiFact could not keep up with requests and crashed during President Donald Trump’s first-ever State of the Union on Tuesday. “Welp … our website just crashed,” PolitiFact’s website tweeted at 9:49 p.m. EST, only to announce they were back online five minutes later. According to PolitiFact’s post-speech […]
Popular fact-checking website PolitiFact crashed during Trump’s State of the Union
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It’s time to stop spreading these popular myths about animals

The animal kingdom is home to one remarkable fact after another. To name a few: Sperm whales can hold their breath for an hour, the most venomous animal on Earth is a snail, and tiny freshwater hydras can live so long they may as well be immortal. But for each […]
It’s time to stop spreading these popular myths about animals