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LC to harvest Twitter account of Donald J. Trump

“As part of its web archiving program (https://www.loc.gov/webarchiving/), the Library of Congress is harvesting the Twitter account of Donald J. Trump as part of a collection for the 2016 election.  The Library of Congress anticipates continuing to harvest this Twitter account if President Elect Trump continues to use it in addition to, or perhaps instead of, the existing POTUS Twitter account.  These targeted web harvesting efforts are separate from the Library’s acquisition of the wider body of Twitter content.” [Richard Yarnall, Library of Congress]

Pew – Information Overload

“A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the most part, the large majority of Americans do not feel that information overload is a problem for them. Some 20% say they feel overloaded by information, a decline from the 27% figure from a decade ago, while 77% say they like having so much information… Continue Reading

Survey – Majority of readers believe fake news

Follow up to previous posting, Analysis of some of what President Elect is Reading – “Fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time, according to a large-scale new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for BuzzFeed News. The survey also found that people who cite Facebook as a major source of news… Continue Reading

Analysis of some of what President Elect is Reading

 BuzzFeed News analyzed all the links Donald Trump tweeted since he launched his presidential campaign to determine where the president-elect gets his news. “…To better understand Trump’s media consumption, BuzzFeed News turned to the president-elect’s largest source of public proclamations and shared news: Twitter. While Trump’s media consumption and methods appear opaque and unconventional, the… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – #GovDocs2Trump Tweetathon and End of Term Harvest

#GovDocs2Trump Tweetathon and End of Term Harvest – Debbie Rabina, Ph.D., Professor, Pratt Institute, School of Information posted this blog that merits sharing for both its intent, the use of Twitter to attract the attention of the President-Elect, and the crowd sourcing concept. Rabina states: America deserves a president who is well versed in the… Continue Reading

Reuters reveals use of new tool to verify breaking Twitter news

The Verge: “Reuters has developed a tool capable of automatically detecting and verifying breaking news on Twitter, in an attempt to report on events more rapidly and accurately. The tool, known as Reuters News Tracer, has been developed over the past two years, but Reuters only made it public this week, in interviews with the… Continue Reading

SearchEngineLand reports on how Google is tackling fake news

Ian Bowden reports: “Following the US election and Brexit, increased focus is being placed on how social networks and search engines can avoid showing “fake news” to users. However, this is a battle that search engines cannot — and more fundamentally, should not — fight alone. With search engines providing a key way people consume information,… Continue Reading

Commentary – Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV

MIT Technology Review – Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV We need more text and fewer videos and memes in the age of Trump. November 29, 2016. “…The problem with today’s Internet, driven less by text and hypertext (hyperlink-enriched text), is that it not only shares many of TV’s ills… Continue Reading

Poynter – Facebook at critical intersection of public and fake news

Alexios Mantzarlis- Poynter Fact Checking: “Facebook is an important source of traffic for virtually all news outlets in the United States. New data, however, indicates that the social network is a far more important channel for some of the largest hyperpartisan and fake news sites in the country. Analytics company Jumpshot tracked Facebook referrals to… Continue Reading

WaPo – Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say – Craig Timberg –  “Researchers found that Russians used sophisticated tools to boost Donald Trump and target Hillary Clinton, and exploited various platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment. The techniques may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down… Continue Reading

Report – Stanford researchers find students have trouble judging credibility of information online

Via Stanford – November 22, 2016 – By Brooke Donald – “Education scholars say youth are duped by sponsored content and don’t always recognize political bias of social messages. When it comes to evaluating information that flows across social channels or pops up in a Google search, young and otherwise digital-savvy students can easily be… Continue Reading

GW Libraries collect millions of election tweets

GW Hatchet student newspaper – Colleen Grablick, Hatchet Reporter Issue: November 20, 2016. Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. “Library staff collected more than 3.6 million tweets for political science and communications research on election night. On GW Libraries’ website, students and faculty can skim academic articles, check on the status of requested books and,… Continue Reading