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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 #29
    August 5, 2020
    • Larry King "disinfomercial"
    • QAnon in Europe
    • Communicating in developing world
    • How to evaluate the news
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  • Matter of Facts #28
    July 29, 2020
    • Amazon "antiviral" products
    • Exposure to social metrics
    • Sports site and COVID claims
    • PAC's behind viral video
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  • Matter of Facts #27
    July 22, 2020
    • Climate misinformation
    • Need for Chaos
    • QAnon and Twitter
    • UK Russia report
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  • Matter of Facts #26
    July 15, 2020
    • Invasion in Oregon?
    • Data in Mexico
    • Our sharing itch
    • Ireland and accountability
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  • Matter of Facts #25
    July 8, 2020
    • Fake op-ed writers
    • Africa as a test lab
    • Parler games
    • Egypt cracks down
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  • Matter of Facts #24
    July 1, 2020
    • Psychology of misinfo
    • PizzaGate on TikTok
    • Facebook ad boycott
    • Duke and Duchess of Sussex
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  • Matter of Facts #23
    June 24, 2020
    • TikTok in Europe
    • Malaysia xenophobia
    • Section 230 NAFTA
    • Colloidal silver
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  • Matter of Facts #22
    June 17, 2020
    • Maria Ressa interview
    • The "Corona Guy" in Kenya
    • Conspiracy Made in America
    • Rating system for policy
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  • Matter of Facts #21
    June 10, 2020
    • Quitting Facebook (#1)
    • China's Twitter campaign (#4)
    • TikTok and the EU (#14)
    • 5G conspiracies and the economy (#20)
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  • Matter of Facts #20
    June 3, 2020
    • Fact-checking Trump, Zhao (#2)
    • Minneapolis misinformation (#6)
    • Billionaires + information (#13)
    • Plandemic goes global (#21)
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