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COVID-19 Misinformation Remains Difficult To Stop On Social Media

Exaggerations can be amplified on social media Getty According to a new report published earlier this week by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford found that roughly one third of social media users across the United States, as well as Argentina, Germany, South Korea, Spain and United Kingdom, …

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As The U.S. Prepares For COVID-19 Disinformation Stokes Panic And Discord

Getty Carefully planned posts on Twitter by Russian and Chinese sources are using the COVID-19 pandemic to spread discord in the west. The apparent goal is to confuse people about the facts of the disease, to discredit official sources of information, and where possible to degrade confidence in the ability of western governments to deal …

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How a disinformation network exploited satire to become a popular source of false news on Facebook

How a disinformation network exploited satire to become a popular source of false news on Facebook

Just a few days sooner than Christmas, a fabricated story a couple of Donald Trump rally went viral on Fb. Revealed by AJUAnews.com, the article claimed a Trump rally in Chicago had drawn enormous crowds — proof that Democrats inside the liberal Midwestern metropolis had been turning on their event to assist the president in …

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Google highlights fact-checking while Bing SERP found to be disinformation hotbed

Google highlights fact-checking while Bing SERP found to be disinformation hotbed

Fake news, deceptive content, and disinformation will continue to be major, contentious issues as we head into the 2020 election next year. Following heavy criticism in the wake of the 2016 election, both Facebook and Google initiated fact-checking efforts to help identify falsehoods in news content (although Facebook’s political ads policy has been thought to …

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“Troll Factory” turns disinformation campaigns into teaching game

Enlarge / You, too, can become a Director of Disorder. Yle Half of the battle against disinformation campaigns is educating people about how they work. And that’s why the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle—Finland’s equivalent of the BBC—has created a game called Troll Factory. The game, which recently won the European Journalism Centre and Google …

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Russian Underground Sells Disinformation Services to Influence Western Media

Engaging threat actors to launch a disinformation campaign in the Western media is “alarmingly simple and inexpensive” according to a new report. Using the Recorded Future platform, Insikt Group researchers set up a fake company located in a Western country to gain insight into the chilling world of disinformation. Researchers then hired two sophisticated disinformation vendors, which they found on …

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Russia’s freelance disinformation firms offer propaganda with a professional touch

The same kinds of digital dirty tricks used to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and beyond are now up for sale on underground Russian forums for as little as a few thousand dollars, according to a new report from an internet security company. Businesses, individuals and politicians remain at risk of attack from …

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Disinformation for Hire: Russians Hijack Western Media, Tech Companies for Profit

The staples of Russian misinformation campaigns—fake news and social media propaganda—are turning up in a new place: the private sector. For a small fee, companies can pay Russian operatives to boost their image or smear their competitors, employing some of the same tactics used by the Kremlin to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election. To …

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Ahead of 2020, Facebook Falls Short on Plan to Share Data on Disinformation

In April 2018, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told Congress about an ambitious plan to share huge amounts of posts, links and other user data with researchers around the world so that they could study and flag disinformation on the site. “Our goal is to focus on both providing ideas for preventing interference in 2018 …

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China branded a ‘global disinformation superpower’ by new research

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing (EPA) China has become a major player in global social media manipulation campaigns, researchers say, amid an overall increase in the number of countries sharing misinformation online. According to the Oxford Internet Institute, organised social media manipulation has more than doubled since 2017, …

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Google’s Knowledge Panels Are Magnifying Disinformation

That box is what Google calls a “knowledge panel,” a collection of definitive-seeming information (dates, names, biographical details, net worths) that appears when you Google someone or something famous. Seven years after their introduction, in 2012, knowledge panels are essential internet infrastructure: 62 percent of mobile searches in June 2019 were no-click, according to the …

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Facebook, Twitter accuse China of Hong Kong disinformation

The Chinese government has mobilized its vast propaganda machine against the pro-democracy protests that have roiled the streets of Hong Kong since this spring. And it has made America’s social media companies its unwitting partners in that campaign, they say. Facebook and Twitter said Monday they had discovered and suspended a slew of social media …

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