3 to read: Fact-checker fight | Zuckerborg’s education | Taking on Trump | Trolling the troll

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Aug. 4, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. The curious tale of how fact-checker Snopes is feuding with one of the internet’s most notorious hoaxers: Snopes has made such a rep as a fact-checking powerhouse that Facebook made them a partner in verifying stories. Turns out, that was bad news for some of the Internet’s most notorious trolls — or perhaps satirists, as they prefer to be known — which had been making money spoofing Snopes. Now Snopes has effectively turned off the Facebook spigot for the sites, drastically cutting readership. Good read by Daniel Funke for Poynter.
2. The expensive education of Mark Zuckerberg (& how we are paying the price): Kara Swisher, the editor at large of Recode, does a pretty good eviscerating the Facebook founder in this opinion piece for the NYT. The basic thrust of the piece (told in a well-deserved exasperated tone) is how could Zuckerberg not recognize the potential problems posed by bad actors? Yes, Mark, why the hell did it take so long to realize the damage Facebook was doing to society and democracy?

3. The 37-year-old who took over the NYT & is taking on Trump: Trump recently tweeted details of his meeting with the new publisher of the NYT. Except the new pub, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, took immediate exception to how the president characterized the meeting, and let the world know so. The story of the collision between the two titans offers fascinating insight into the young Sulzberger who will be leading the NYT for the foreseeable future. Nice work by the WaPo.

And one extra bc I’m off for a few weeks…

Trolling the Pizzagate troll Mike Cernovich: Cernovich has made a (crappy) rep trolling legit journalists with all sorts of out-of-context claims. But it turns out the troll is getting trolled. And he doesn’t like it very much. Boy, how he doesn’t like it… A wonderful read by Luke O’Brien for HuffPo.

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