With elections imminent, Italy pulls out the stops to fight fake news
With parliamentary elections looming on March 4, they’ve been fighting fake news for the past three weeks of the electoral campaign. Each morning, they decide which fake story they’ll spend the day debunking, choosing from a pool of fake news, misleading titles, and articles that mix real and false elements. “In these first days of the program, when we’re still trying to show people what we do and that they can trust us, we’re focusing on the more blatantly false stories,” says Mr. Zagni, the chief editor of the team of independent fact checkers hired by Facebook Italy ahead of the election.
As midterms approach, will US offer unified defense of its elections?
Russia will try to meddle in the upcoming 2018 US mid-term elections. Will Washington be unified in defense of America when they do? Kremlin-linked social media trolls and bots, as revealed in last week’s indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller of 13 Russians and three Russian companies, are just one part of a larger strategy to further divide a nation already riven by its own partisan divisions.
What is really scarce in a water drought
Earlier this year, the South African city of Cape Town was told that it would make history by April 16. On that date, dubbed Day Zero, it was expected to become the world’s first major city to run out of water because of an extended drought. Rather, the people of Cape Town have cut their water consumption.
US seeks energy 'dominance.' But is that a shield against geopolitical risks?
For decades, haunted by fears of oil shortages, the United States made “energy independence” its goal. “There seems to be a desire to use energy as a geopolitical tool more aggressively,” suggests Meghan O’Sullivan, author of “Windfall,” a book about the blessings that America’s energy abundance has brought. US deposits of shale oil and gas, newly reachable through fracking, have profoundly transformed those markets.