Could language be the key to detecting fake news? | David Shariatmadari

Purveyors of disinformation can be caught out by the particular words they use, says Guardian writer and editor David Shariatmadari The internet represents the biggest explosion of data in human history. Theres more out there, and more access to it than ever before. The information ecosystem is a bit like a tropical rainforest: luxuriant, dense and fiercely competitive. As such, it contains its fair share of predators and poisonous plants. Deliberately misleading articles, websites and social media posts can come about for lots of different reasons: they might be trying to influence elections or policies; they might represent a form of cyberwarfare between states; they might be aimed at raising someones profile and influence, or discrediting their opponents. Or they …

Facebook and Twitter have not been invited to White House social media summit, sources say

(CNN)The White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter to attend its social media summit on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said. The White House has not yet publicly disclosed who it has invited. But the Washington Post reported last week that the White House has asked to the event a number of right-wing luminaries who have been extremely critical of social media companies. Some of these individuals have claimed, often without real evidence, that companies like Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) harbor bias against conservatives and censor their speech. The companies have denied those claims. Republican lawmakers and conservative media personalities have for years lobbed claims of anti-conservative media bias at Silicon Valley companies. But President …