Foxcatcher In The News For Two Reasons

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Published: Saturday, 24 January 2015
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If you follow new movies that are released each week, then you are aware of then new movie called, Foxcatcher. The movie is a true crime drama that stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave. The movie was released recently and was expected to make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars but that is not the case, according to sources. That is just one of the news headlines that you can read about this week.



Facebook promises fewer hoax stories in your News Feed

Category: In The News
Published: Friday, 23 January 2015
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Facebook is cracking down on hoax stories appearing in the News Feed. Facebook

Facebook is updating its News Feed with a feature designed to reduce the number of fake and hoax stories that users see, but the social network says your daily dose of satire should remain unaffected.

In an update on its blog, Facebook said it was acting on feedback from users that want to see fewer stories that are hoaxes, or misleading news mixed into their News Feed amongst other updates from friends. These hoaxes might be deliberately false stories (Big Foot sighting!) or the more run-of-the-mill 100 free iPads scams, which Facebook said some people often share without realising the story is fake.

In order to combat the issue, Facebook has added an option to report stories in the News Feed as false:

This works in the same way as reporting a story as spam. When you click to hide a story you also have the option to report the content. Stories that include scams, or deliberately misleading news, are reported two and a half times more often than links to other news stories.

To reduce the number of these types of posts, News Feed will take into account when many people flag a post as false. News Feed will also take into account when many people choose to delete posts. This means a post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribution in News Feed.



Q&A on the News

Category: In The News
Published: Thursday, 22 January 2015
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ISIS Reportedly Plans to Get in the 24-Hour Cable News Game

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Published: Thursday, 22 January 2015
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If ISIS really really wants to go this way, the Islamic Caliphate may soon launch a 24/7 news channel to spread its propaganda, Variety reports.

According to various Israeli and international news outlets, ISIS, whose violent takeover of the Middle East is matched only by its slickly-produced videos and social media presence, plans on launching the Islamic Caliphate Broadcast, which will air round-the-clock news and commentary that supports its jihadist ideology.

The channel allegedly already has at least one talking head: British captive John Cantile, who recently filmed a propaganda piece for ISIS, might host his own show. Haaretz also reports that another show, "Time to Recruit," will teach people how to recruit young Muslims into ISIS, which would be adorable if it weren’t run by bloodthirsty rapist terrorists.

ISIS has already captured an FM station in Mosul, and according to Vocativ, has been actively seeking media and technology-savvy recruits to run the station. They also launched a shiny teaser video with the announcement, and will potentially livestream the station on khalifalive.info. (The site is currently dark.)

The jihadist group came back in the news today with their demand that Japan pay $200 million in exchange for two Japanese hostages, which is a really dumb way to raise capital for your 24/7 news network.

[Variety]
[Image via screenshot/Vocativ]

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