Hello and welcome to my Nuzzel newsletter!
(Kevin Anderson, managing producer, digital media, @ideastream. Expert in digital transformation with experience as an innovator and leader at the BBC, The Guardian and Gannett.)
The science of why humans are so susceptible to misinformation. How anti-Muslim disinformation spread after the Notre Dame fire. Journalists have nothing to fear from AI in the newsroom. Chinese Android apps from big developer committed ad fraud.
The Washington Post
– Apr 17, 7:45 AM
The hedge fund, which is the controlling owner of such newspapers as the Denver Post and Boston Herald under the brand MediaNews Group, in some cases moved 90 percent of retirees' savings into two funds it controlled, according to public records…
Mr AndersonRT @businessofnews: Another $250 million gamble by Alden Capital. Investing employee pension funds in Alden managed funds, triggering federal probe #NewspaperOwnership
Matthews, Julian. 'A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation.' Nieman Journalism Lab. Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, 17 Apr. 2019. Web. 17 Apr. 2019. Matthews, J. (2019, Apr. 17). A…
Mr AndersonMT @JaneBSinger: Fascinating insights, via cognitive science, into why misinformation has such power. e.g we often remember things without recalling their source. Our biases also feed in: Memory is better at consistent narrative than accurate recording.
Thomas Samson / AFP / Getty Images The devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral led to an outpouring of anguish and sympathy. It also prompted conspiracy theorists, anti-Muslim campaigners, and far-right figures to begin spreading baseless…
Mr AndersonRT @JaneLytv: For the last two days we have been documenting hoaxes about the Notre Dame fire. Now here's a timeline of how that disinformation became a series of anti-Muslim narratives still spreading online and on cable news.
A host of popular Android apps from a major Chinese developer, including a selfie app with more than 50 million downloads, have been committing large-scale ad fraud and abusing user permissions, a BuzzFeed News investigation of popular Android apps…
Mr AndersonMT @CraigSilverman: We caught a major Chinese Android app co. committing large scale ad fraud, taking lots of unnecessary permissions, not clearly disclosing that user data could end up in China. Also: Google initially wouldn't remove the apps from store.
The Washington Post
– Apr 17, 3:04 AM
It's possible they will do a better job than many of them did with their credulous and misleading coverage of Attorney General William P. Barr's letter on the report last month in which they failed to adequately challenge President Trump's false…
Mr AndersonRT @Sulliview: 'Put the reporters up front and put the opinionators to the side for a good long while.'....My column on how media can cover the redacted Mueller report better than they did the Barr letter.
Podcasting looks poised for a major infusion of consumer revenue in the next few years. The question is whether audio platforms, rather than individual creators or studios, will reap all the benefits. Next week, on April 23, a venture-backed…
Mr AndersonRT @Digiday: Podcasting looks poised for a major infusion of consumer revenue in the next few years. The question is whether audio platforms, rather than individual creators or studios, will reap all the benefits
– Apr 17, 4:21 AM
Journalists have “nothing to fear” from artificial intelligence, according to a leading media technology expert who has worked with Sky News. Matt Eaton, general manager for Europe at machine learning technology company Gray Meta, has…
Mr AndersonRT @martinstabe Interesting examples of AI-augmented journalism: Sky News used facial recognition tool to identify guests arriving for royal wedding, and is testing video transcription tool:
– Apr 17, 3:05 AM
Credit: Photo by Pedro Lopes on A new digital media accelerator has been launched for startups in Latin America to help create more sustainable business models and support press freedom in the region. Velocidad — Spanish for velocity…
Mr AndersonRT @Mediagazer Velocidad, a new startup accelerator aimed at digital media companies, has launched in Latin America with $1.5M from an Omidyar-backed philanthropy group (@jpgjournalism / t.co/QjlNjk52ba)
Facebook says that it 'unintentionally uploaded' the e-mail contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016. The revelation comes after a security researcher noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when…
Mr AndersonRT @DaveLeeBBC Sloppy or intentional? - That's a good question. I think reckless is another option.