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Instagram is fighting fake news with its algorithm. (image: Unsplash)

The big story…

Instagram to Start Fact Checking Posts

Like Facebook, Instagram is cracking down on fake news. The platform will be employing a fact checking process similar to Facebook: demoting posts that spread misinformation. This comes just days after a slew of extremist leaders were banned from both platforms. 

In global news…

Jailed Journalists in Myanmar Released

Two Reuters journalists that were jailed in Myanmar under the country’s Official Secrets Act for reporting on the Rohingya massacre were released from jail after more than 500 days of being detained. CNN reports, “Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo walked free Tuesday, amid a gaggle of reporters, just weeks after their final appeal was quashed.” The pair were jailed in December 2017 for allegedly reporting on secret information sensitive to national security.

In higher education…

8 Women Accuse University of Georgia Professor of Sexual Assault

A University of Georgia Math professor is accused of sexual misconduct by 8 different women leading back to the 1980s. Katherine Mangan of The Chronicle reports, “The university placed Kazez on paid administrative leave in March and banned him from teaching and from appearing on the campus while it investigates complaints of sexual harassment, groping, and assault brought by at least eight women, including current and former students and one faculty member.”

In sports…

Rockets Win Two Straight Against the Warriors

Despite a 20-11 fourth quarter run, the Golden State Warriors found brick after brick as they lose 112-108 in game four to the Houston Rockets, evening the series 2-2. With 8.4 seconds left, Warriors forward Kevin Durant heaved an uncontested 28-foot three point jumper just to meet the back of the rim. As Warriors’ forward Draymond Green grabs the offensive rebound, he kicks it back to the sharp-shooting guard Stephen Curry. Read more in Adam Shay’s report for CMN.

Trending today…


When the Met Gala theme is taken a little too literally.


Last but not least…

NL Central: Best Division in Baseball?

As the Chicago Cubs continue to stay red hot on their seven game win streak, the National League Central has emerged as the toughest division in baseball. In an early race for first place, the top three teams (Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Milwaukee Brewers) are within two games of each other, the closest race in any division. Following the three teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates still have a winning record at 16-15, making the NL Central the only division to boast four teams with winning records. Rounding out the NL Central are the last place Cincinnati Reds, having a below average 14-20 record. Read more in Adam Shay’s report for CMN.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoAdam Shay, and the CMN Staff. The Met Gala was last night, and the looks were campy–but on purpose. P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.


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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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