After weeks of criticism over its role in spreading fake news during and after the 2016 presidential election, Facebook announced Thursday that it’s taking some concrete steps to halt the sharing of hoaxes on its platform.
The wide adoption of social media has made it easy to report on breaking news events without ever leaving the comfort of your desk. There are witnesses to be contacted through Instagram, from-the-scene photos to be embedded, and relevant tweets to be collected. This content, once curated, can be packaged into a neat little story and shared widely on Facebook.
Eighty-eight percent of U.S. adults say they believe fake news (of the categorically false, lies-posing-as-breaking-news-stories variety) is causing either a “great deal of confusion” or at least “some confusion” when it comes to people’s understanding of current events, according to a Pew Research Center report released Thursday. That feeling is bipartisan — 57 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats say made-up news “causes a great deal of confusion” — and also shared across a wide range of other demographics, including education level, race, age, gender.
The Knight Foundation is matching up to $1.5 million in donations to more than 50 nonprofit news organizations, the foundation said Monday.
In 2015 and 2016, we saw news organizations interested in new impactful ways of telling stories take on the virtual reality challenge to create good content. Anyone who has experienced virtual reality in an Oculus, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive, or even a Google Cardboard headset understands the allure. With its 360° views, stereoscopic depth, and, in some cases, the ability to change in real time based on the users’ actions, it creates an unparalleled sense of “being there.” Before VR, you watched a journalist explore a place. In virtual reality, you explore the place. With a range of content from a solitary confinement prison cell to data visualizations, viewers can gather information in entirely new ways.
It’s my belief the outcome of the 2016 election will be the genesis of a new form of journalist and journalism. The ill-equipped manner in which the media interacted with the populace and unduly influenced the election has led to the birth of a rebellion for what will be a new journalistic movement in 2017. The author wishes to caution readers that many of the ideas presented might be construed as advocacy or activism, but in an age of fake news, does it really matter?
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To VR or not to VR — is that the question? Thanks to cheap and accessible technology, almost everyone is planning their first 360° video shoot and VR project. But is it really for everyone — and everything — every time?