Hurricane Irma: Not everybody falls for fake news

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Facebook Image caption A Facebook Live claiming to show a double tornado approaching Florida was actually footage from at least 2007. Fake news has come hand-in-hand with Hurricane Irma – yesterday even the White House fell for it. Incorrect scientific information, fake Facebook lives, and old footage claiming to show Hurricane Irma have [...]

Pro-Russia Twitter bots have a new strategy

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Co-ordinated groups of Twitter bots pushing pro-Russian propaganda have developed an odd but occasionally effective strategy – retweeting messages that the bot-makers disagree with and flooding their enemies with followers. Brian Krebs is an investigative journalist with a big social media following. But even he was surprised when one of his [...]