WHY VALIDITY

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INTRODUCTION OF VALIDITY

VALIDITY ON TWITTER

The introduction of ‘validity’, was roughly initially by Twitter. Twitter took the throne from Facebook in social validation through one simple blue check mark (Which Facebook, and pretty much all other websites would soon replicate); the ‘Verified’ icon. Up until Twitter’s renovation, we relied upon rumors and mutable feedback to capture virtual validation.

NEW INTERNET VALIDATION

WHY THE NEW INTERNET IS ALL ABOUT VALIDATION

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     - 2010

    There was a news back in 2010 about A Gay Girl in Damascus. Amina Arraf, a 35-year-old gay Syrian woman participating in an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The Guardian described her as “an unlikely hero of revolt in a conservative country.”

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     - 2011

    Until June 6, 2011, A post of a panicked update from Arraf’s cousin explaining that she had been thrown into the back of red minivan by three mysterious men in downtown Damascus. News of the kidnapping quickly spread around the globe, resulting in reports from The Guardian, The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, and more. A “Free Amina” campaign led to the creation of posters and other websites. The State Department even reportedly started an investigation into her disappearance.

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     - 2011

    Six days after the so-called kidnapping, the truth emerged: The gay girl from Damascus was a straight 40-year-old American man from Georgia named Tom.

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     - FAKE NEWS

    Until June 6, 2011, A post of a panicked update from Arraf’s cousin explaining that she had been thrown into the back of red minivan by three mysterious men in downtown Damascus. News of the kidnapping quickly spread around the globe, resulting in reports from The Guardian, The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, and more. A “Free Amina” campaign led to the creation of posters and other websites. The State Department even reportedly started an investigation into her disappearance.

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS

HOW THE BIGGEST TECH COMPANIES ARE WORKING TO FIGHT FAKE NEWS

TWITTER

Twitter is testing an icon designed to label tweets that start a thread. Called an “Original Tweeter” icon, the label is intended to notify users that a fake account impersonating the original tweeter during a conversation thread is illegitimate.

WECHAT

China’s WeChat, which is owned by Tencent and has more than a billion users, recently partnered with 774 third-party organizations to provide users with more than 4,000 articles that debunk fake news reports. WeChat also posts a top-ten list of the most popular false rumors. It flags fake news articles. It also bans content and blocks links on the service.

MICROSOFT EDGE

Microsoft added new features to its Edge browser that integrate a third-party, anti-disinformation tool called NewsGuard. An extension of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy program, NewsGuard uses a five-point color system to indicate the quality of the source. A green check means that the news source upholds “basic standards of accuracy and accountability.”