Every week we recap the best Social News Posts on SUJO that highlight disinformation, deception, fake news, or news about how we're dealing with it all.  It's the best of what's fake on SUJO. Happy #FakeNewsFriday!

Something is Fake Here, But What?

The alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi dominated the headlines and may seem like a treasure trove of material for #FakeNewsFriday. The complicated web of conflicting stories and negotiated statements will almost certainly get a "fake news" topic tag on the app - but not now.  Content posted to the blue "journalist" SNiPs are independently reported in multiple sources. That means sometimes we leave big headlines dangling out there. For example, take this NYT piece of Turkish officials describing an audio recording of Khashoggi's alleged killing. So far no one has published these audio recordings and today we saw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denying that Turkish officials shared the audio with him. But later, ABC reported from an anonymous source that he had. So far, all of the Turkish sources that have said Khashoggi was tortured and dismembered have been anonymous. Until things settle (if the ever settle) on the contents of these mysterious recordings, SUJO will make SNiPs around the conversation rather than report them as true. Big lies make big news.

As the election approaches, social platforms stay in the headlines for both good and bad reasons. Facebook, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, and Twitter were all in the news for taking steps to combat disinformation and help defend against election meddling from foreign and domestic bad actors. However, a lawsuit was recently filed against Facebook by a group of marketers for allegedly reporting fake video viewing numbers on its platform, an accusation that began in 2016 when many publications fired traditional journalists and hired video teams to address Facebook's growing video numbers.

As always, these stories are available on the SUJO app along with questions you can answer anonymously on the app. We'd love to hear what you think!

Check out the "Fake News" topic category in the SUJO app for more! You can also keep up with #FakeNewsFriday on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Trump called the Associated Press "fake news" after a headline that read "Trump tells AP he won’t accept blame if GOP loses House." Trump tweeted that the headline was very different than his quote & meaning. The AP wrote “he won’t accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in Nov., arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped [GOP] candidates.” After being asked if he accepts some responsibility if the GOP loses the house, Trump responded "No, I think I’m helping people.”

Was the AP headline misleading?

Facebook to ban voting misinformation as midterm elections approach

Facebook has announced that they have banned any posts that contain inaccuracies on how to vote. The platform had previously banned prohibited post that misrepresent dates, locations, or times to cast a ballot. Now any posts that contain inaccurate information, such as being able to vote online or by text, will be deleted. Facebook also offers a separate "incorrect voting info" flag for users to report offending posts.

Is self-regulation working for Facebook or do we need social platform regulation?

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WhatsApp fights fake news in India using actors who role-play in public

WhatsApp is now using street plays in the fight against ‘fake news’ in India. In the 10 cities roadshow, actors perform skits on the street, warning how spreading false information can stir up mob violence, especially in areas where religious prejudices run deep. The roadshow follows intense government pressure on WhatsApp and Facebook to fight misinformation, the spread of which led to multiple deaths and around 70 attempted lynchings in the country since January 2017.

Will this roadshow help in the fight against misinformation?

Twitter releases archive of 10 million tweets from state-backed troll accounts

Twitter released an archive of nearly 10 million tweets it says were posted by trolls from Russia and Iran. Twitter hopes to provide academics with data they can use to research the methods foreign entities used to influencer political discourse worldwide. Nine million were published from 3800 accounts affiliated with Russian Internet Research Agency with the last million tweets from 770 accounts originating from Iran all between 2013 and 2018.

Would Twitter be as successful without divisive political discourse?

Other Fake News Headlines From The Week:

Facebook removes more accounts spreading military propaganda in Myanmar
Should Facebook alert all users in Myanmar that the government had fake accounts?

(Opinion) BBC chief: 'fake news' label erodes confidence in journalism
Is a correction of an honest mistake enough to dispel ‘fake news’ accusations?

Akron Zoo's drill for escaped jaguar creates panic as neighbors think it's the real thing
Will the people of Akron now think the zoo cried wolf if a real animal escapes?

Facebook Hid Inflated Video Ad Metrics Error for Over a Year, Advertisers Allege
Is broadcast media also guilty of over-stating audience numbers?

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