Fact checkers will start patrolling Instagram for bogus posts

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Instagram will use fact-checking teams to identify false information.
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As part of a promise to choke off fake news and conspiracy theories on its platforms, Facebook will begin sniffing out false posts on its photo-sharing app, Instagram.

Facebook reportedly has 52 “fact-checking partners” in 30 countries to flag dubious posts, a program it has been building since December 2016, one month after a contentious presidential election that was widely considered influenced by bad actors using social media.

Apple starts initiative to help fight fake news

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Apple’s new initiative supports efforts to empower young people to be better informed citizens.
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Apple is joining the fight against fake news with an initiative that encourages critical thinking and empowers students to be better informed.

The company is teaming up with three organizations in the United States and Italy that offer nonpartisan, independent, media-literacy programs.

Apple removes controversial Siri Suggestions for fake news

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One of the controversial suggested sites.
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Apple removed several questionable websites serving up fake news and conspiracy theories via Safari’s “Siri Suggested” search results.

The recommended websites pointed users to posts about the “Pizzagate” hoax, Holocaust denier articles, and debunked race-based “science” stories. After BuzzFeed News alerted Apple to these bogus results, Cupertino promptly removed the recommendations.

Facebook’s ban of Alex Jones was prompted by Apple

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Alex Jones at a rally of people claiming the 9/11 terror attacks were carried out by the U.S. government.
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Apple’s decision to boot five of far-right conspiracy theory website InfoWars’ podcasts off its platform was the trigger for Facebook doing the same with several of host Alex Jones’ pages on the social network.

The factoid was revealed in a new profile of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, published in the New Yorker. Apple has since banned Jones from the App Store permanently.

Today in fake news: Google buys Apple

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For a brief moment, there was a report of Google buying Apple.
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It’s the kind of headline The Onion would write, except this one came from the Dow Jones Newswire: Google, Apple join to create tech giant

The breaking fake news Tuesday morning was eventually retracted by Dow Jones which blamed the report on a “technical error.”

Eddy Cue promises Apple will fight fake news

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Apple doesn't have a fix, Cue says, but it is working on it.
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Eddy Cue has promised that Apple is working on a solution to keep fake news out of the Apple News app for iOS.

During an interview on Monday night, Cue said companies in the technology industry are responsible for ensuring their services are free from hoax stories.

Tim Cook warns that world needs to fix ‘fake news’

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Apple wants to tamp down on fake news.
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Alternative facts and fake news have become so pervasive in the the we consume lately that Apple CEO Tim Cook says it’s “one of today’s chief problems.”

During an interview this week in the U.K., Cook talked about the challenges tech companies face on how to combat stories that perpetuate false information without hurting the free flow of ideas on the internet.