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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Subvert ‘Em: Countering Misinformation on the Viral Web

Alex Madrigal (of The Atlantic) on his recipe for countering misinformation on the viral web:

…I decided to do the only thing that seemed likely to help, in some small way:¬†create content that would A) counter the misinformation, B) have authority, and C) be as viral as the bad information.

See his results as he wrestles with the fake photos going viral, post Sandy.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Subvert ‘Em: Countering Misinformation on the Viral Web – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic.

Hijacking the news

Be forewarned, you seekers of information…

Earlier this month, hackers took over one of Reuters’s Twitter accounts and sent out eight fake tweets, including “Obama signs executive order banning any further investigation of 9/11″ and “White house spokesperson says financial and technical support given to #AlQaeda operatives in #Syria.” The account was shut down. Hackers then broke into the agency’s blogging platform on two separate occasions and posted short, realistic “reports” of fake news that favored the Syrian government in its ongoing clashes with the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Hijacking the news: how hackers are manipulating the press from the inside out | The Verge.