Founding Editor, BuzzFeed Canada
Craig Silverman is media editor of BuzzFeed News and the founder of Emergent.info, a real-time rumor tracker that was developed as part a fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. His work resulted in the Tow report, Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content: How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation. Craig also founded Regret the Error, a blog about media accuracy and the discipline of verification. It became part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he serves as adjunct faculty. Craig edited the Verification Handbook and the Verification Handbook for Investigative Journalism from the European Journalism Center. He is a the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift and has been a columnist for The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, and Columbia Journalism Review. His journalism and books have been honored by the Mirror Awards, National Press Club, National Magazine Awards (Canada), Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and Crime Writers of Canada.
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Brexit and the Trump election have brought home to the West the dangers of disinformation and propaganda in the digital age. But the daily manipulation of the truth is an old story to journalists where stories are routinely sold to the highest bidder or spun by armies of government-backed trolls. Here are three reporters on the frontlines, from Craig Silverman's groundbreaking reports in Buzzfeed of fake news, to Chay Hofilena's heroic work at Rappler against Duterte's trolls in the Philippines, to Aniruddha Bahal's exposé at Cobrapost of Indian media taking payoffs.