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Facebook to fight 'fake news' with trust surveys

Facebook to fight 'fake news' with trust surveys

Technology
Facebook has unveiled its latest bid to fight the spread of "fake news" by allowing users to rank trustworthy media outlets.The social media giant will survey users to identify "high quality" news in a bid to tackle sensationalism and misinformation, its founder Mark Zuckerberg said.Under the plans, Facebook users will be asked if they are familiar with a news source which appears on their feeds and whether they trust it.The company, which has more than two billion monthly users, has been battling to stem the flood of so-called fake news and hoaxes which dogged the 2016 US presidential election.Zuckerberg said he wanted the site's users - rather than Facebook executives or outside experts - to determine how news outlets rank in terms of trustworthiness."There's too much sensationalism, mis...
Seismic surveys responsible for high zooplankton mortality rates

Seismic surveys responsible for high zooplankton mortality rates

Science
June 23 (UPI) -- Seismic surveys carried out by the oil and gas industry are causing high mortality rates among zooplankton, according to new research out of Australia.Seismic air guns are frequently used on marine petroleum expeditions. New research found the air blasts dramatically increase mortality rates among target zooplankton species. Testing also showed the air gun's negative impact extends well beyond previous range estimates.Testing revealed air gun pulses yielded between an 18 and 60 percent increase in zooplankton mortality rates. The seismic blasts also killed al zooplankton larva. These effects extended across nearly 4,000 feet. It was previously believed the negative impact of seismic air guns was limited to roughly 30 feet.The findings -- detailed in a study published Thurs...