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Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump's New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump's New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been one hell of a week. From the 2018 midterms—in which races in Florida, Arizona, and Georgia are still being contested—to raging wildfires in California that are wiping entire communities off the map and continuing to rage, the news cycle has verged on impossible for any one person to process in its entirety.

Hey, How'd That Facebook 'War Room' Fare During Brazil's Election Season? Oh. Hey, How'd That Facebook 'War Room' Fare During Brazil's Election Season? Oh.

Facebook, the scandal-mired social media giant that has faced enormous criticism for its role in the spread of online propaganda and fake news across the globe, has a War Room it wants everyone to know is tackling that issue head-on. Earlier this month, it touted the War Room’s efforts to clean up a torrent of hoaxes…

That Viral Photo of Justin Bieber Eating a Burrito Sideways is Totally Fake

Did you see that photo of Justin Bieber eating a burrito like a corn cob? The photo went viral on Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of news sites. But we’ve got some bad news for you, or good news depending on how you look at it. The photo is totally fake.

Mail Bomb Sent to John Brennan Allegedly Had Fake ISIS Flag With Sex Toys, 'Get 'Er Done' on It Mail Bomb Sent to John Brennan Allegedly Had Fake ISIS Flag With Sex Toys, 'Get 'Er Done' on It

All across the country this week, pipe bombs have been showing up in the mail of prominent Democrats and critics of Donald Trump—with NBC News listing former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters, billionaire philanthropist George…

Facebook Extends Ban on Election Fakery to Include Lies About Voting Requirements Facebook Extends Ban on Election Fakery to Include Lies About Voting Requirements

Facebook is banning spreading false information about voting requirements and will also “fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations” as part of its preparations for the 2018 midterm elections, Reuters reported on Monday.

Facebook Tempts Political Backlash With Massive Purge of 810 Pages and Accounts Facebook Tempts Political Backlash With Massive Purge of 810 Pages and Accounts

Facebook has been fending off accusations of censorship and bias against conservatives over the last year or so and just ahead of the mid-term elections it has made a risky decision. On Thursday, the company announced that it had removed 559 Pages and 251 accounts for rule violations. It said many of the accounts were…

President Trump Accuses NBC News of 'Fudging' Famous Interview About Comey Firing President Trump Accuses NBC News of 'Fudging' Famous Interview About Comey Firing

President Trump has made new allegations in a series of tweets this morning that are sure to get his supporters riled up. Trump has seemingly accused NBC News of manipulating an interview that Lester Holt conducted on May 11, 2017, shortly after Trump fired James Comey, former director of the FBI. The same interview…

Google Calls BS on Trump's Claim It Blacklisted His 2017 and 2018 'State of the Union' Speeches Google Calls BS on Trump's Claim It Blacklisted His 2017 and 2018 'State of the Union' Speeches

On Wednesday, Donald Trump escalated his war with major U.S. tech companies he and other prominent conservatives have been baselessly accusing of censoring right-wingers. In a video with an ominous soundtrack posted to his Twitter account, the president’s team accused search giant Google of featuring links to live…

President Trump Weighs in on Reality Winner Sentencing, Calls Her Leak 'Small Potatoes' President Trump Weighs in on Reality Winner Sentencing, Calls Her Leak 'Small Potatoes'

President Trump is awake, angry, and tweeting this morning, which wouldn’t normally be newsworthy. But Trump just weighed in on a case that strikes close to his legitimacy as president: The Reality Winner leak. And he seems to think that it wasn’t a big deal.

Texas Governor Tweets Fake Churchill Quote About Fascism, Gets Flooded With Equally Made-Up Replies Texas Governor Tweets Fake Churchill Quote About Fascism, Gets Flooded With Equally Made-Up Replies

Have you heard the famous Winston Churchill quote that “the fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists”? Well, it’s a fake quote. Churchill never said it. But that didn’t stop Texas Governor Greg Abbott from tweeting the fake quote late last night. And while Abbott is rightly being taken to task, the…

Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars—including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not “intentionally getting it wrong”—the social media giant has announced it will begin removing…

Egypt Poised to Give Itself the Power to Block Anyone With 5,000-Plus Followers Over ‘Fake News’ Egypt Poised to Give Itself the Power to Block Anyone With 5,000-Plus Followers Over ‘Fake News’

A bill just passed in Egypt that will empower the government to block users on social media for spreading “fake news” if they have over 5,000 followers.

Russian Trolls Reportedly Made Twitter Accounts for Fake US Newspapers but Shared Real News Stories Russian Trolls Reportedly Made Twitter Accounts for Fake US Newspapers but Shared Real News Stories

In addition to flooding social media with false news stories, propaganda-spreading bots, and all sorts of online chicanery during the 2016 US presidential campaign, Russian trolls also reportedly attempted to erode Americans’ trust in local news by posing as city newspapers.

Check Out the Fox News-Filled Schedule for Facebook's 'Trustworthy' News Shows Check Out the Fox News-Filled Schedule for Facebook's 'Trustworthy' News Shows

Still reeling (at least in reputation, but certainly not in financial success) from the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook is launching its own slate of news shows produced and funded by the social network in partnership with “trustworthy” news organizations. The lineup, which launches next week, features a whole…

Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News

Facebook has been under fire in India following a string of lynchings that appeared to have been prompted by false news spread on WhatsApp. It’s become such an epidemic that the Indian government has demanded something be done. For now, Facebook’s solution involves running ads in local newspapers explaining how to…

Instagram Removed a ProPublica Post Outing White Supremacists Because Facebook Keeps Blocking the Wrong Things Instagram Removed a ProPublica Post Outing White Supremacists Because Facebook Keeps Blocking the Wrong Things

Facebook, in attempts to crack down on fake news and other content, has somehow made news organizations its enemy. Just one day after Facebook was criticized for rejecting a promoted post from the nonprofit investigative journalism outlet Reveal, Instagram has now reportedly removed a video from ProPublica’s account.

Facebook Wants to Use Machine Learning to Stop Hoaxes and Fake News  Facebook Wants to Use Machine Learning to Stop Hoaxes and Fake News 

Facebook debuted a host of new efforts Thursday in its fight against fake news.

Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Fake news sucks, and as those eerily accurate videos of a lip-synced Barack Obama demonstrated last year, it’s soon going to get a hell of a lot worse. As a newly revealed video-manipulation system shows, super-realistic fake videos are improving faster than some of us thought possible.

Facebook Is Now Trying to Hire 'News Credibility Specialists' to Deal With Its Fake News Problem Facebook Is Now Trying to Hire 'News Credibility Specialists' to Deal With Its Fake News Problem

Years ago, Facebook fired its Trending News team and replaced them with algorithms after a Gizmodo article featured former workers claiming the site discriminated against conservative news. Then, Facebook tried and failed to suppress hoax news sites and propaganda with a series of methods designed to avoid the ire of…

If You're Tweeting During a Disaster, You're Probably Spreading Fake News If You're Tweeting During a Disaster, You're Probably Spreading Fake News

The old adage about a lie traveling halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on has been made true thanks to Twitter. According to a new study, the vast majority of people using the platform during disasters and breaking news events spread false information without ever getting it a second thought.

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