For this first time in the history of Legacy Medi4 I produced a piece of fake news, and two “reports” by CNN and The New York Times were entirely to blame. Here’s how this all happened.
In response to US Government forcing RT to register as a “Foreign Agent,” Russia’s Parliament has passed new legislation forcing all foreign funded media outlets to also register as foreign agents all the same, further cracking down on free press ahead of 2018 elections.
A recent 5 year long study concluded by Harvard University in 2017 sought to measure the full scope and range of impact any given news story can have on civil discourse, dialogue, opinions and polling data inside the United States.
Trending on Facebook News tonight is a story that Russian actors paid $100,000 to sponsor divisive political content in the United States in the weeks and months leading up to the 2016 Presidential election. However, considering that this topic has already been extensively covered dating as far back to November 2016, why is this suddenly “breaking” again today?
Earlier this week, 4 of the countries largest tech entities announced a joint venture to ultimately crackdown upon the spread of terrorism through their networks. However, considering that the Islamic State has been known to utilize these services for years in the past, what is suddenly spurning these companies into action in June of 2017? Hint, a recent lawsuit against Google might have something to do with it.
Since May 24th, at least 63 websites or web services have been blocked by the Egyptian Government, including 40 different news agencies. President Sisi maintains he is doing this to crackdown on terrorism and the spread of political misinformation. Human Rights groups warn that Egypt is erasing years of progress and the country is headed back towards the “dark days” of Government censorship once experienced under Hosni Mubarak not so long ago.
What separates an act of espionage from good investigative journalism? Why is it legal to publish leaked information, even if the leaked information was obtained as the result of a criminal act? Earlier this week, in an exchange with Senator Ben Sasse, James Comey explained the FBI’s stance on this whole matter.
If it wasn’t obvious by now, Alt_Medi4 has absolutely nothing to do with the alt-right, it is just an unfortunate coincidence. Regardless, last year they were on top of the world, this year they have been fired, forced to resign or find themselves in court for the very work which once made them internet superstars. Chronicling the fall of 4 of the alt-rights most prominent leaders in 2017
In back to back days, two of the Internets leading distributors of news have debuted new features and tools to help educate their users and ultimately crack down on the spread of fake stories in the every day news cycle. Here is what each of these companies had to say about the problem, as well as some additional information about their new services.