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Identify Fake News With the ‘Bad News’ Web Game

Last year we told you about Bad News, a web game that teaches you about misinformation by putting you in the role of a trolling media tycoon. Now, the game’s creators have evidence that the game works as a “vaccine” against misinformation—and they’ve created a simplified version for kids. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Cowardly Republican Mark Harris Trips Fire Alarm Fleeing From Reporters

Last month, the North Carolina Board of Elections unanimously refused to certify the election of Republican Congressman-elect Mark Harris, who beat his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, by about 900 votes. Harris, the only representative not to be seated when the new Congress convened …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Time Magazine Breaks Precedent by Honoring Jamal Khashoggi as Person of the Year 2018

For its 2018 Person of the Year, Time Magazine has selected a group of journalists who have faced prison time, put themselves at great risk, and, in some cases, given their lives for reporting the truth.  Billed as “The Guardians and the War on Truth,” they include the staff of the …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Fight Fake News with This Chrome Extension

Chrome: The same open-source software company that wants to keep crappy advertising out of your browser also wants to keep “fake news” from enriching your life. Or, at the very least, Eyeo wants to show you whether your favorite news sites are full of FUD and bias. And If that’s your cup of tea, take […]

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This App Lets You Verify a News Story By Talking to Someone On the Scene

The past year has led to lots of accusations of “fake news” and effort from most of us to verify what we’re reading is true before believing it. A new app is attempting to bridge the gap between finding news and verifying its authenticity by using AI and human verification.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Spot Bullshit Polls in the News

When you’re reading the news, it can feel reassuring when the journalist backs up their claim with survey results. But not all surveys are equally trustworthy. Thankfully there are a few telltale signs of untrustworthy polls—as well as polls you can kind of trust. Yeah, it’s a spectrum.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Spot a Fake Video

Using an increasingly sophisticated method for making fake videos, or “deepfakes,” video editors can realistically face-swap someone into a video. (As our sister site Gizmodo reports, the technology has been especially popular for making fake celebrity porn.) Deepfakes will soon make it hard to tell when a video of a…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Mary Shelley Warned Us About Mark Zuckerberg

Societies have long known that when inventors don’t ask hard questions of themselves, the results can be catastrophic. Mark Zuckerberg learned this the hard way this week when he testified before Congress over two consecutive days concerning Cambridge Analytica’s breach of Facebook data in the 2016 …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Whoops: Fox News Displays Poll Showing It Is Least Trusted Cable Network In America

While the money is no doubt good at Fox News, it must be a rather humiliating affair going on air day in, day out, knowing that you work for the least trusted cable news network in America.  During a segment on Sunday on Media Buzz, Fox News host Howard Kurtz and pollster Frank Luntz were […]

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Teen Rips Burnout In Cop’s Face After Reading It Was ‘Freedom Of Speech’ On Satirical Website

An Oakland, Maine high school resource officer had to educate a student about identifying satirical news articles after the teen claimed it was perfectly legal for him to stare the officer in the eyes while ripping a burnout after reading about it online.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Trump Defends Sinclair Media Because It’s Made For Him

Over the weekend, it was revealed that Sinclair Broadcast Group, the right-wing company that has been buying up local TV stations, filmed a video where they forced all their news anchors, across all affiliates, to read from the same script, which reads in part: “We’re concerned about the troubling …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Can We All Agree That Facebook Seriously Sucks?

Asides from eating up half of the internet, allowing Russian spammers to spread fake news during the most important election in recent US history, and doing its best to punish legitimate websites from reaching their audience (ours included), Facebook has started to really, really suck. From a …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Most Americans Believe Obama Spied On Trump Because Of BullSh*t Sites Like Breitbart.com

Breitbart.com loudly declared recently that “Americans ‘Overwhelmingly’ Believe Obama ‘Improperly Surveilled’ Trump Campaign’. According to the far right outlet, Americans are now ignoring the “disgraced” media that is failing to report on it and are turning to journalistic stalwarts like Breitbart …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Terrifying British Study Shows Trump Supporters Are Now Basically Unreachable

At the Banter, we strive to provide our readers with well sourced, fact checked writing. If we make mistakes, we correct them. Poorly constructed arguments don’t make it out of our editorial process (some of them mine), and we take great pride in upholding high standards. Why? Because in the long …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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