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Reuters Combats Fake News

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2:29 PM

In the news: Reuters is training its journalists to spot particularly insidious fake news, or "deepfakes."

Fake news and propaganda spread at the speed of light on social media. For now, it's mainly in the form of bogus or poorly sourced articles and social media memes. But in the future, fake news may become much more insidious.

"Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to anticipate facial movements and computer-generated imagery to effectively face swap and doctor a video," says Lucinda Southern of Digiday.com in a March 26 article. Most of these deepfakes, she reports, are in the adult entertainment industry; a few such videos have featured prominent politicians.

Reuters is trying to head off the problem at the pass. Recently, the news outlet has created its own deepfakes to train its journalists to spot digitally altered content. Read more here.

E-Learning as Revenue Stream

With e-learning on a meteoric rise, some publishers are looking for ways to tap into this lucrative sector. Steve Smith of Foliomag.com writes, "Magazine brands in both B2B and B2C markets now have the opportunity to leverage both their brand equity and their existing content infrastructures to turn this taste for digital self-enhancement into serious businesses." Publishers such as Active Interest Media and magazines such as Golf Digest are offering up e-classes, instructional videos, and other tutorial content to readers for whom, as Smith remarks, "the line between hobby and vocation blurs." Read more here.

Europe Cracks Down on Digital Media Copyright

European Parliament has passed significant new copyright laws that are more favorable to content creators. Kali Hays of WWD.com reports that the new copyright law "is aimed largely at the use and proliferation of news and other creator content by Google and Facebook, two platforms which subsist on the surfacing of content created by others." Under the new law, sites such as Google and Facebook would need permission from content creators before posting their content. Read more here.

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