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Recode Daily: Google and Facebook are starting to chip away at the fake-news problem

But there’s a long way to go.

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Google and Facebook have been taking steps to combat fake news, but so far, they’re small steps. Google recently kicked 200 publishers off its ad network for misrepresenting their content. And Facebook is tweaking its Trending section to better prevent fake news stories from appearing there. — [Daisuke Wakabayashi and Mike Isaac / New York Times]

President Trumps new orders and reported plans are generating some bipartisan pushback — on investigating unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, the possible reopening of CIA “black site” prisons, immigration restrictions, the budget and his aggressive use of executive power. — [Ed O’Keefe / Washington Post]

In his first days in the White House, Trump is spending a lot of time watching TV and tweeting, using his old, unsecured Android phone. Security experts say that’s a really bad idea. — [April Glaser and Ina Fried / Recode]

Hugo Barra, the former Google exec who just left Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, is joining Facebook to lead all its virtual reality efforts, including the Oculus team. — [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Some of the best work being done by New York Times reporters isn’t in the paper — it's on Twitter, which some writers are using as a real-time publishing platform. That’s good for Twitter, readers and the Times as well. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Taking a cue from Snapchat (just as Instagram did), Facebook is testing a Stories feature — user-generated photo and video montages that disappear after 24 hours. It’s also testing ads inside its Messenger app. — [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Alphabet reports earnings after the bell today, and Google’s core search and ads businesses will once again be the main drivers of revenue growth. But keep an eye on hardware and the experimental “Other Bets.” — [Tess Townsend / Recode]

On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Deep Focus CEO Ian Schafer says he expects to see a shift in online advertising, with fewer display ads and more “nonstandard” formats, like branded content. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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