The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified passengers. It turns out the video is totally bunk, spliced together from a computer-generated clip and unrelated real news footage. But that didn't stop the Facebook post from arriving in my News Feed via a friend last month. I watched it. Maybe you did, too: It has nearly 14 million views. Everyone now knows the web is filled with lies. So then how do fake Facebook posts, YouTube videos and tweets keep making suckers of us?To find out, I conducted a forensic investigation of the fake that fooled my social network. I found the original creator of that CG plane clip. I spoke to the Facebook executive charged with curbing misinformation. And I confronted my friend who shared it.The motives for a crazy plane report may be different from posts misdirecting American voters or fueling genocide in Myanmar. Yet some of the … [Read more...] about Essay: I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Washington Post Published 4:21 pm CDT, Thursday, October 18, 2018 Facebook added a warning label to the video of a spinning plane after fact checkers called it false. Facebook added a warning label to the video of a spinning plane after fact checkers called it false. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Geoffrey Fowler. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Geoffrey Fowler. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Facebook added a warning label to the video of a spinning plane after fact checkers called it false. Facebook added a warning label to the video of a spinning plane after fact checkers called it false. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Geoffrey Fowler. I fell for Facebook fake news. Here's why millions of you did, too. 1 … [Read more...] about I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too.
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled “The Slowdown.” The five-minute program encourages listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. “Poetry isn’t an escape or even a luxury,” Smith said. “I’d argue it’s a necessity, a means of living more deeply with reality.” The celebrated poet will read works by writers from around the country and the world and explore how poetry helps us better understand life, history, art, science and more. The show will debut on podcast platforms in November; it will be made available to public radio stations nationwide early next year. “I'm excited to continue the work I've done as poet laureate in celebrating poems and the conversations they foster. And thanks to technology’s ability to collapse the distance between people – to give … [Read more...] about Latest News: Poet Laureate Launches “The Slowdown”
Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 18thannual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who launched a children’s book on the festival’s 2,500-seat Main Stage. Hayden also interviewed Jacqueline Woodson, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, who is debuting two new books this fall. Hayden announced the 19th National Book Festival will be held Aug. 31, 2019. “The National Book Festival is a thrilling, immersive experience that gives so many readers a unique opportunity to reflect on great books all day long,” Hayden said. “We are so proud to feature a diverse lineup of more than 100 authors … [Read more...] about Latest News: National Book Festival Draws Thousands of Book Lovers
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