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Matter of Facts

Published every Wednesday
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News has gotten a reality check. What used to be a worry for academics, fake news, is now a full-blown topic in itself, with stories about misinformation, coordinated campaigns, and viral falsehoods coming out every day.

This newsletter covers how fact-checkers, social media platforms and governments are tackling the issue, with articles covering the big scandals and the small tweaks to the algorithms. It also looks at the dangers of specific conspiracy theories and how they spread online, such as misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic that is quite literally a matter of life and death. 

Articles in the newsletter come from a mix of different sites, with mainstream press taking a new interest in the topic but also from fact-checkers themselves. There is also a budding community of research into misinformation and how people get their news online, which we are happy to show you the best of.

Latest editions
  • Matter of Facts #19
    May 27, 2020
    • Controversy in India (#3)
    • FB's diviseness (#4)
    • Scammers in Africa (#7)
    • Prison in Myanmar (#16)
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  • Matter of Facts #18
    May 20, 2020
    • Fears of 5G violence (#1)
    • Vaccine skeptics in Europe (#8)
    • Russia uses disinfo law on NYT (#17)
    • Nigerian pastor (#20)
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  • Matter of Facts #17
    May 13, 2020
    • Misinfo affects doctors (#1)
    • Judy Mikovits (#5+7)
    • Tweaks at Twitter (#6)
    • Facebook's AI (#13)
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  • Matter of Facts #16
    May 6, 2020
    • Corona news fatigue (#3)
    • Fox anchor on interviewing Trump (#7)
    • 7 types that spread misinfo (#16)
    • Press freedom in Philippines (#20)
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  • Matter of Facts #15
    April 29, 2020
    • Health and faith (#3)
    • India and Facebook (#5)
    • Conspiracies in Germany (#9)
    • Weeks late to news in US (#16)
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  • Matter of Facts #14
    April 22, 2020
    • Bill Gates as a target (#2)
    • Detecting fake accounts with AI (#12)
    • Subscriptions in China and India (#15)
    • Confusion about Kim Jong Un (#22)
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  • Matter of Facts #13
    April 15, 2020
    • Fixing WhatsApp (#1)
    • The Indian newspaper industry (#14)
    • Campus journalists (#19)
    • 5G conspiracy theories (#6+17)
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  • Matter of Facts #12
    April 8, 2020
    • Farewell from public editor (#4)
    • Spies and death counts (#10+20)
    • WhatsApp restrictions (#17)
    • Steak-umm the misinfo watchdog (#23)
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  • Matter of Facts #11
    April 1, 2020
    • Coronavirus phishing emails
    • Trump's press conferences
    • Google bans InfoWars app
    • TikTok nurses
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  • Matter of Facts #10
    March 25, 2020
    • Facebook news virus surge
    • Chatbots all over the world
    • "Fake news" arrests
    • Twitter's verification system
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