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Facebook Joins $14 Million Initiative to Fight Fake News

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The fight against fake news is about to get a huge infusion of cash and support from the tech industry and academia.

Facebook and Mozilla have teamed up with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, academic institutions, nonprofits and other organizations to launch a $14 million consortium dubbed the News Integrity Initiative, aimed at “helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.”

“The initiative’s mission is to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world and to better inform the public conversation,” according to a Monday news release. It will fund “applied research and projects, and convene meetings with industry experts.”

Founding funders also include the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus and Betaworks. The initiative will be run as an independent project by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

The initiative comes after Facebook in January launched its “Journalism Project,” aimed at establishing stronger ties with the media. Though Facebook has worked with members of the media in the past, the social network is working to ramp up that collaboration by involving news partners in its product development process from the start.

“As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to give people the tools necessary to be discerning about the information they see online,” Facebook’s Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said in a statement. “Improving news literacy is a global concern, and this diverse group assembled by CUNY brings together experts from around the world to work toward building more informed communities.

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Nigeria’s economy under threat owing to border closure.

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In a bid to scrap smuggling of goods and prompting Nigeria-made products, the Nigerian government closed the country’s border in recent months.

But, the reverse has been the case as inflation hikes affecting food prices.

This is the first time the government has acknowledged the negative effects of the border closure.

After a cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed told reporters that inflation had increased from 11.4% in September to 11.6% by the end of last month.

“The slight increase in this inflation between September and October is due to food inflation,” she said.

“The food inflation we are ascribing to prices of cereals, rice and fish. And part of the reason is the border closure.”

Nigeria government has admitted that they’ll opt their effort to make sure everything works out well for all party in concern.

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Nissan to recall over 40,000 cars due to malfunction of brake fluid leak

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Japanese automaker gaint Nissan says,  it’s recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of a braking system defect that could cause them to catch fire.

Users and Owners are advised to park affected vehicles outside and away from structures if the anti-lock brake system warning light comes on for more than 10 seconds.

The Japanese automaker says a pump seal may become worn down and cause brake fluid to leak. “If the warning is ignored … the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire,” the company says in documents sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects four different models in the U.S.: the Nissan Murano SUV, model years 2015 to 2018; Maxima sedans, model years 2016 to 2018; and the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, model years 2017 to 2019.

Nissan says in a statement emailed to NPR that it is working on a fix and that owners of affected vehicles will be notified beginning in early December 2019. “Once the remedy is available, owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer or INFINITI retailer to have the remedy work completed at no cost for parts or labor,” the company says.

This isn’t the first time Nissan has had problems with brake fluid leaks. Last year, for example, Nissan recalled more than 215,000 vehicles. The automaker says vehicles in the 2018 recall that haven’t been repaired are included in the current recall.

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