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Fake news travels six times faster than the truth on Twitter

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Fake news travels six times faster than the truth on Twitter

An analysis of news stories tweeted by three million people between 2006 and 2017 shows that fake news spreads significantly more than the truth on social media. Sinan Aral and his colleagues at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) cross-checked the spread of 126,000 stories on Twitter against a database of stories fact-checked by six independent organisations, including Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck. “What we found was scary,” says Aral. “False news travels farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth in every category of information – many times by an order of magnitude.” Truthful tweets took six times as long...

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Library of Congress will no longer collect every public tweet

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Library of Congress will no longer collect every public tweet

The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that it will no longer archive every tweet posted publicly on Twitter. The library had reached an agreement with Twitter in 2010 to acquire the text of every public tweet posted, but now it says it will only collect posts on a “selective basis.” In a white paper released on Tuesday, the library said that the shift is due in part to Twitter’s recent decision to double the character limit on tweets and to the increased volume of posts since the agreement was first reached. The increased use of images in tweets was...

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The CIA in the Social Media Age

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The CIA in the Social Media Age

There is no denying that we live in a social media world. Every activity is tweeted or posted, photos are edited and shared, and private thoughts are broadcast for the world to see. Social media has changed the way we have relationships with friends and loved ones and the way we interact with employers and clients. The CIA had to put some serious thought into how social media can and will affect their ability to effectively gain new intelligence, and new employees. “Obviously, secrecy and social media are at odds with each other,” CIA hiring chief Ron Patrick On one...

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Astronaut just tweeted a picture of a ‘UFO’

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Astronaut just tweeted a picture of a ‘UFO’

For the past year, astronaut Scott Kelly has been tweeting breathtaking photos of Earthfrom the International Space Station. On Sunday, he may have tweeted a photo of something far more astounding — a UFO. That, at least, is what conspiracy theorists and alien obsessives would have you believe. Their proof is “clearly” visible in a photo Kelly tweeted on Sunday from the ISS over India. “In the upper right of the photo you can clearly see a large object with two lights on each end,” alien hunter Sonofmabarker wrote on YouTube. “It also appears to be very large and constructed.”...

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Anonymous takes down 5,500 ISIS Twitter accounts

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Anonymous takes down 5,500 ISIS Twitter accounts

Hacktivist group Anonymous has reported that more than 5,500 Twitter accounts belonging to Islamic State have been taken down. It comes after the collective declared a “total war” on the militant group following the Paris attacks. Tweeting from its #OpParis account, Anonymous stated: “We report that more than 5500 Twitter account (sic) of #ISIS are now #down! #OpParis #Anonymous #ExpectUS.” “Our capability to take down ISIS is a direct result of our collective's sophisticated hackers, data miners, and spies that we have all around the world. We have people very, very close to ISIS on the ground, which makes gathering...

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