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How YouTube supports elections

By Leslie Miller, for YouTube blog As the 2020 election season kicks into high gear in the United States, people will visit YouTube to learn about the candidates and watch the election season unfold. Over the last few years, we’ve increased our efforts to make YouTube a more reliable source for news and information, as well as an open platform for healthy political discourse. Here is an overview of how

How ’fake news’ and disinformation were spread in the run-up to Taiwan’s presidential elections

By New Bloom, for Global Voices This post first appeared in the online magazine New Bloom on January 6, 2020, before the presidential election took place in Taiwan. This edited version is being republished on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement. There are two dissemination channel categories: online and offline Puma Shen (沈伯洋), assistant professor at the National Taipei University’s Graduate School of Criminology and director of the Taiwan-based

Hirak protests and a presidential election triggered a surge of disinformation in Algeria

By Farah Souames, for Global Voices Algeria’s popular protest movement, ‘’Hirak’’ [meaning “movement’’ in Arabic], brought a glimpse of online freedom, but also an aggressive wave of ‘’fake news’’ and disinformation on social media platforms. With little means to confront or fix the problem, the battle against the spread of disinformation is far from over. The protest movement started on February 22, 2019 when then-ageing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his

Multiple measures failed to control mis- and disinformation in Tunisia’s 2019 elections

By Yosr Jouini, for Global Voices Facebook’s Ad Library ‘failed to provide any measures of transparency’ On October 23, 2019, Tunisia’s newly elected president, Kais Saied, was sworn in before parliament. In the second round of the presidential election, Saied garnered 72 percent of the votes (2.7 million votes), beating his rival, business magnate Nabil Karoui, who obtained 1 million votes. According to estimates by the polling company Sigma Conseil,

Here are the social media and democracy research projects Facebook is giving data to

By Christine Schmidt, for NiemanLab Facebook knows it screwed up, is trying to do better, and is spending some of this year actually listening to critiques and suggestions (supposedly). Zuckerberg even has a podcast now! New podcast alert 📢 This year Mark Zuckerberg is hosting discussions on the future of tech and society. Listen along: https://t.co/5rIBdrbsb5 — Facebook (@facebook) April 24, 2019 But seriously, Facebook and a coalition of social

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