The New York Times asked for examples of election disinformation — and got 4,000 responses

The New York Times asked for examples of election disinformation — and got 4,000 responses

This election might have less misinformation than 2016’s race, but “Christine Blasey Ford — proudly posing with Soros” and “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home” are still out there. The New York Times’ Kevin Roose (and other reporters and editors) sifted through more than 4,000 examples of misinformation on social media, messaging apps, and emails submitted by readers over the past two months. “Times journalists are hoping to use your

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Kremlin sanctions 322 Ukrainian citizens and plans a Russian ground station in Cuba

Topics of the Week The Kremlin has introduced new economic sanctions against 322 Ukrainian citizens and 68 companies. RT and Sputnik, along with other foreign accounts, circulated disinformation on Brazilian social media to influence the presidential election. As part of its new Defending Democracy program, Microsoft is developing machine learning tools to help politicians and candidates thwart cyberattacks. The Pentagon and US intelligence community are bracing to execute a major cyber offensive against Russia should the latter systemically interfere in the

Unlike in 2016, there was no spike in misinformation this election cycle

By Paul Resnick, for The Conversation The “Iffy Quotient” has been downright steady leading up to tomorrow’s midterm elections, and Facebook deserves some credit for it. A newsy photo of a public figure shows up on your social media feed, with a clickbait-y headline and a provocative comment, all linking to a site with juicy political content. Did you share it? Somebody did. It wasn’t a paid ad, or even

StopFake #208 with Marko Suprun

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister wants to root out Russian passport holders. EU warns Ukraine against militarization of Azov sea. Finnish court smacks three pro-Kremlin trolls with hefty fine for harassing and slandering a journalist investigating Russia’s troll internet army.

Fake: Hungarian Teenagers Kill Ukrainian Boy in Transcarpathia

Social media, chat rooms and regional Ukrainian media all circulated stories claiming that a Ukrainian boy was cruelly murdered by Hungarian youths in a village near Berehovo in Transcarpathia. This information first appeared on Facebook on October 30 but was soon deleted. Soon thereafter the claim appeared on the Politiko social forum under the name Nadia Smereka. This posting is the only notification from Nadia Smereka on the Politiko site.

Fake: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Wants to Root out Russian Passport Holders

All Ukrainian citizens who also have Russian passports will be rooted out – stories with such headlines were featured in the scores of pro-Kremlin media on October 30 from to, NTV and others, citing Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin who allegedly  said “Let those who have Russian passports surrender them, otherwise we will root them out.” The publication Politnavigator went even further and claimed that Ukraine was about

Kremlin Watch Briefing: Facebook’s arms race or just more PR?

Topics of the Week Facebook is responding to Russian interference in the United States, but continuously underestimates disinformation campaigns in other countries. The New York Times: US Cyber Command launched its first known digital campaign to target Russia’s cyber operatives. Special Focus: The Russian Orthodox Church vilifies the autocephaly developments in Ukraine. International Elections Study Center: Examining Russian election meddling through politics, the non-governmental sector, and media. Good Old Soviet Joke An advisor to the President

The Putin regime uses blackmail against its people and the West

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Integrity Initiative As its confrontation with the West grows, Russia is increasing its use of elements of diplomatic blackmail, both veiled and direct. In general, threats and fear-mongering are some of the main tools of the Putin regime, primarily in domestic policy, where they serve as an essential means of ensuring the loyalty and obedience of the population. However, the Kremlin actively uses the same tactics

Figure of the Week: 3

By EU vs Disinfo Britain has charged two Russian military intelligence officers with poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, but only a fraction of Russians pin the blame on their country’s secret services. A poll by Russia’s independent Levada Centre shows that 28 percent of Russians believe the Skripals were in fact poisoned by British intelligence services, with only 3 percent saying the attack was carried out by Russian intelligence services.

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