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Figure of the week: 76 million

By EU vs Disinfo Advertisements for some of the best-known global brands are funding some of the most notorious disinformation sites in Europe – to the tune of US$76 million per year. New research by the Global Disinformation Index has produced the findings, estimating that more than $76 million in ad revenues is inadvertently being spent annually on sites that spread disinformation by major corporations including Amazon Prime, Burger King,

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

Building rules in public: Twitter’s approach to synthetic & manipulated media

By Yoel Roth and Ashita Achuthan, for Twitter blog It’s our responsibility to create rules on Twitter that are fair and set clear expectations for everyone on our service. That’s why we announced our plan last fall to once again seek input from around the globe on how we will address synthetic and manipulated media. Today, we’re sharing what we learned and how it shaped the update to The Twitter Rules, how we’ll treat this content

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

Monica Drake: A renewed focus on misinformation

By Monica Drake, for NiemanLab “As everyone focuses on granular accuracy, the media outlets that have a truly diverse and inclusive reporting staff will distinguish themselves by simply doing stories that have broad impact and gain the trust of new audiences.” Monica Drake This won’t just be a presidential election year — it will be a post-impeachment year. Those two events will bookend what’s likely to be a never-ending flood

Slovak StratCom: active individuals, but in need of whole-of-government policies

By Katarína Klingová, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org We live in the age of disinformation in which armies of ideologically motived opponents, radicalized citizens, paid trolls, and automated bots exchange online salvos of posts, likes, and comments. Foreign actors have attempted to influence democratic processes, public discourse, and stir public perceptions in countries around the world.

Towards Total Disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Is it possible for media to be a little bit free? Russian lawmakers vow to introduce a new law that will further limit the reach of independent voices and consolidate the dominance of the Kremlin-controlled and Kremlin-loyal, disinformation-oriented media. As the spread of pro-Kremlin disinformation attracts increased attention as a global problem, it is important to also keep an eye how the same state-sponsored influence campaign develops

Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report by House of Commons

By House of Commons, UK Parliament Summary This is the Final Report in an inquiry on disinformation that has spanned over 18 months, covering individuals’ rights over their privacy, how their political choices might be affected and influenced by online information, and interference in political elections both in this country and across the world—carried out by malign forces intent on causing disruption and confusion. We have used the powers of

Issue brief: How disinformation impacts politics and publics

By National Endowment for Democracy In this Brief: How disinformation is used and consumed Proactive and reactive disinformation strategies in different country contexts The scale of the disinformation crisis Expanding the Analytical Frame Disinformation—the use of half-truth and non-rational argument to manipulate public opinion in pursuit of political objectives—is a growing threat to the public sphere in countries around the world. The challenge posed by Russian disinformation has attracted significant

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