Fake News

Countering Fake News Networks

Countering Fake News Networks

What is fake news? Facebook and Google offer mea culpas for spreading it and hire legions of staff to counter it. Congress investigated how the Russians promoted it during the 2017 Presidential election. President Trump calls out “fake news”organizations in tweets several times a week. Has the term itself lost its meaning? A recent survey by the Freedom Forum Institute reveals many Americans believe fake news is a major threat, even over hate speech. What more can be done to separate fake news from facts? 

July 6, 2018 Fake News, Threats
Freedom Forum Institute’s 2018 State Of The First Amendment Survey Shows Fake News Is Taking Over the Conversation

Freedom Forum Institute’s 2018 State Of The First Amendment Survey Shows Fake News Is Taking Over the Conversation

2018 STATE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT SURVEY REVEALS AMERICANS CONSIDER FAKE NEWS MORE OBJECTIONABLE THAN HATE SPEECH Republished with Permission from Newseum’s First Amendment Center Every year the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute conducts the State of the First Amendment survey, which examines Americans’ views on freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, and samples their[Read More…]

President Trump Takes Fake News Accusations To New Level Tweeting Negative Coverage Equals Fake News

President Trump Takes Fake News Accusations To New Level Tweeting Negative Coverage Equals Fake News

Presidents make use of all forms of communication to get their message out to voters. No other President has so effectively used Twitter as President Trump who has called it his “own form of media” used to counter “fake news.” In his latest deluge, President Trump equates negative news coverage with “fake news” and threatens to revoke press credentials (again). The central role of the First Amendment is to protect the people in their writings about government affairs and government officials—and especially when it is negative, as that is when the government is most likely to try to punish writers. As James Madison wrote in his Virginia Report of 1800, freedom of the press protects the “right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon, which has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.” 

May 14, 2018 Access, Fake News, Press, Threats, Top Stories
Newseum’s Lata Nott on Facebook, Hate Speech, Fake News, and Data Privacy

Newseum’s Lata Nott on Facebook, Hate Speech, Fake News, and Data Privacy

Executive Director of the First Amendment Center at the Newseum Institute, Lata Nott, reviews the the evolving landscape that social media giants must now navigate with the increasing scrutiny and pressure being placed on them.

April 17, 2018 Fake News, Privacy, Speech, Top Stories
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: Sinclair, Next Time Just Put Your Name To The Message

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on April 5, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.   _________________________________________________________________________________ Sinclair Broadcasting’s recent promotional message on the state of today’s news — delivered to its TV audiences nationwide — is as protected by the First Amendment as it was an[Read More…]

April 7, 2018 Below the Fold, Fake News, Threats
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: Two Wrongs Do Not Make A ‘Right’ — But They Can Misuse One

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint. ___________________________________________________________________ Didn’t we all learn, long ago, that “two wrongs don’t make a right”? But two wrongs can misuse a right — as in our right to free expression, guaranteed by the First Amendment. First,[Read More…]

December 11, 2017 Fake News, Threats
Social Media Giants Testify Before Congress

Social Media Giants Testify Before Congress

October 3o, 2017: Congress Takes Facebook, Twitter and Google to task Representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are on the Hill this week to testify about how fake news was disseminated during the 2016 US elections, when the networks knew Russia had infiltrated their platforms and what they are doing to counter such attacks. Watch live:

October 31, 2017 Fake News, Top Stories