Obama criticizes the spread of fake news on Facebook: President Obama took time during a press conference today to assail the spread of fake news online, particularly the way it travels on Facebook. “In an age where there’s so much active misinformation and it’s packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television,” he said, “if everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect.”
Jack Dorsey blames automated system for white supremacist Twitter ads: Twitter’s chief executive has apologized after at least one white supremacy ad surfaced on the platform. Jack Dorsey tweeted that a “mistake” had been made and blamed his company’s automated system for failing to flag the ad. “We did a retro and fixed!” he exclaimed.
Facebook’s new Community Help tool lets users offer and find help during emergency crises: At its Social Good Forum in New York today, Facebook announced Community Help, a tool for its users to offer help during natural disasters or terror attacks. When such an event happens, users in the affected areas will receive a prompt to turn on Safety Check and can either offer relief efforts like food or temporary shelter, or seek the help they need.
Refinery29 is combining newsletters and podcasts with Unstyled: Podcasts and newsletters are two things publishers are very into these days, so Refinery29 is doing both at once. This week, the women’s publisher launched Unstyled, a newsletter and podcast focused on style that could become one of its biggest moneymakers. While the connection between the two is mostly thematic at this point, uniting the two high-engagement environments could prove immensely attractive to advertisers.
Why Mic is going all-in on Instagram with a 10-person team: Many publishers have focused on building audiences on Snapchat. But for those without one of the coveted channels in the app’s Discover section, Instagram is an attractive alternative. Millennial-focused Mic is one such publisher.