Facebook Vows to Counter Climate Disinformation, Will It Work?

Facebook Vows to Counter Climate Disinformation, Will It Work?

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Facebook has announced that it will be adding a new section to its platform to debunk and fact-check myths about climate change. The new climate information “hub” will be developed in collaboration with climate experts from George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and the University of Cambridge. Despite […]

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Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

by Natasha Lasky and Miro Korenha A recent study from online network analysis firm Graphika suggests that the loudest voices perpetuating climate change denial have started sharing content and hashtags from the QAnon conspiracy movement. Researchers speculate that this partnership is tactical, as followers of the QAnon movement— who are already skeptical of science — […]

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Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

As Rachel Koning Beals wrote for MarketWatch yesterday, “Facebook, long targeted by critics for allowing misinformation on global warming and other environmental developments to populate users’ social-media feeds unchecked, announced it will launch a new information hub to provide “science-based information” about climate change.” NPR’s All Things Considered further explained that “Users in the U.S., […]

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Interview of the Week: Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power 2020

Interview of the Week: Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power 2020

We asked Lori about Climate Power 2020’s work to stop the spread of climate misinformation on Facebook. ODP: Facebook promised it would fact check misinformation and even created an Oversight Board and fact-checking operation to make sure it was not spreading lies. But disinformation about climate change is still getting posted on Facebook. What happened? […]

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Fake News Festering on Facebook

Fake News Festering on Facebook

We wrote earlier this week that despite public pressure, and the threat of Congressional oversight, Facebook has continued to allow false information about climate change and other social issues to spread unchecked. (Newsletters Popular Information and HEATED co-reported on the specific exemptions that have enabled fake news to permeate on Facebook) All this comes as […]

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Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

In 2016, social media platforms were revealed to have helped propaganda spread unchecked. As a result, there have been many calls to more stringently regulate and break up social media companies like Twitter and Facebook. In recent weeks though, while Twitter has taken steps to fact-check more of its content (including the President’s), Facebook has […]

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