Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the Washington Post.
EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news
Kelvin Chan, Associated Press, January 29th, 2019
European Union authorities warned leading tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.
Google led a multimillion-dollar tech industry lobbying blitz in 2018, records show
Tony Romm, January 23rd, 2019
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft spent a combined $64 million to shape U.S. regulations and stave off government scrutiny in 2018, according to ethics reports filed late Tuesday, an uptick in lobbying that reflects the industry’s souring political fortunes in Washington — and the policy battles still on the horizon.
WhatsApp is trying to clamp down on viral misinformation with a messaging limit
Hamza Shaban, January 22nd, 2019
Over the past two years, at least two dozen people in India have been killed in violent mobs incited by rumors on WhatsApp, the global messaging service with 1.5 billion users.
YouTube Promises to Stop Promoting Misleading Videos
Associated Press in the Washington Post, January 25th, 2019
If you believe the world is flat, don’t count on YouTube recommending videos supporting your theory.
On Twitter, limited number of characters spreading fake info
Seth Borenstein, January 24th, 2019
A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds.
Older, right-leaning Twitter users spread the most fake news in 2016, study finds
Ben Guarino, January 24th, 2019
The notion that fake news exists in its own universe turns out to be doubly true: One universe is the realm outside truth. The other is its own seedy pocket of social media.
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