Jon Snow’s Deepfake Apology Video Is a Parody. But the Problem Is No Laughing Matter

In a video published on YouTube, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington–in character as Jon Snow–apologized for several mistakes made during the controversial eighth season of the hit HBO show. There’s just one problem: Harington never uttered the words that appear to come from his mouth. The now-viral video is a so-called deepfake, the term […]

Facebook Takes on Epidemics With New Disease Prevention Maps

Facebook wants to help fight infectious diseases like measles by introducing maps that health organizations can use to prevent and respond to outbreaks. The disease prevention maps, which debuted Monday, provide detailed information such as population density, the movement of people in real time, and network connectivity across regions. The point is to give researchers […]

Twitter Reports Decline in Abusive Content and Promises New Rules to Combat Bad Actors

Twitter says that it’s getting better at finding and removing abusive tweets–a problem that has long plagued the social network. On Tuesday, Twitter said it had suspended three times more abusive users within 24 hours of them being reported, compared to the same time last year. Between January and March, the company suspended 100,000 accounts […]

‘This Is an Arms Race.’ Why Facebook Isn’t Winning Its War on Harmful Content—Yet

Facebook says its latest updates to News Feed, Messenger, and Instagram will help it battle misinformation and harmful content. While the new features incrementally turn the dial, don’t expect them to end fake news entirely. Facebook detailed its new rollouts at a press briefing on Wednesday at its Menlo Park headquarters. To combat bad actors […]

Google Introduces New Tools to Help Journalists Fight Fake News

A year into a $300 million push to support journalism, Google is introducing new tools to fight fake news. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a tool that helps news organizations tag stories that debunk misinformation so that Google News can more easily feature it. Another new tool provides journalists with a database of all stories […]

WhatsApp Is Testing a Pair of new Features to Stop the Spread of Fake News

WhatsApp is trying get a handle on the ugly side of its platform by testing two new features that could help stop the spread of false information. The Facebook-owned messaging app is currently beta testing an in-app browser, and a reverse image search tool, which pops up in chat and allows people to search to […]