Reuters – US news media is a global target of fake news, as evidenced by the emergence of “fake news” as a key tactic in the war on fake news.
As part of the “war on fake” in the digital age, news publishers are being targeted with sophisticated tactics to combat the spread of misinformation.
The US Congress passed a bill in April that requires US news companies to disclose how many fake news stories they publish.
But a new study by the US News & Media Group, a news and information company, reveals that the media giant is not complying with the requirement, according to Reuters.
“The industry is not reporting its own fake news content,” said Eric Hufbauer, president of the US Media, Communications and Technology Association.
Hufb, who is also president of APTN Media, an independent news publisher based in Canada, said he has noticed an increase in fake news on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
The study, which examined 1,854 news articles published in print and online in 2016, found that fake news was being used by a small number of publishers to influence the news and create “fake” stories.
“We see more and more of these things being created on social media,” Hufbrauer said.
He added that the companies that had been targeted had “very little visibility to their fake news or the fact that it’s fake news.”
Fake news is used as a weapon to push back against perceived news bias.
The media company, Hufs, noted that the majority of the articles published by its media partners were “very, very fake news,” and that most articles featured fake news with “no evidence whatsoever.”
The study found that the biggest culprits were sites like Facebook, where fake news spread faster than actual news.
The company found that many of the stories featured fake content, with one of its studies suggesting that Facebook is responsible for at least a quarter of all fake news articles.
The APTN study also found that while the vast majority of stories posted on Facebook were fake, many of those stories were also spread by a smaller number of news outlets.APTN’s Hufberg said that Facebook had a significant role in driving the spread and manipulation of news content.
“In terms of the content that we’ve seen, the platform has really taken a big role in pushing that content,” Huffer said.
“I think there are many stories that Facebook has been involved in pushing, particularly in terms of Facebook News Feed, where the content has been spread across multiple sites, and the number of stories that have been shared on Facebook has gone up by nearly 200 percent.”
He added: “And we’re seeing this kind of stuff on social platforms as well.”
The APN study also showed that the vast bulk of the fake news that was being shared on social networks was from “white supremacists” or other extremist groups, and that the most common content featured was anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric.
Facebook has long been criticized for not doing enough to police fake news and for failing to take steps to prevent fake news from spreading on its platforms.
Facebook’s social media platform, as well as other major social media providers, have also faced scrutiny for failing in the fight against fake news in recent years.
Huffer pointed out that a Facebook spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment on the study’s findings.