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Figure of the week: 35

By EU vs Disinfo Fact-Checkers note a 35 % increase in disinformation, published by Serbian tabloids Not less than 945 unfounded items of news have been published in 2019 by four tabloids (Informer, Srpski Telegraf, Alo and Kurir) with the largest circulation in Serbia, fact-checking platform Raskrikavanje found in their most recent analysis. This is a 35% increase compared to 2018, when the independent website tracked 700 articles circulated by

“Nothing can be ruled out”

By EU vs Disinfo Russian state-controlled TV mixes coronavirus conspiracy theories with ambiguous debunks.  The coronavirus carries the Latin word for crown, corona. What did Donald Trump do before becoming president? He handed winners of his beauty pageant show their crowns. Which proves that the virus was manufactured on orders from President Trump. This claim was a part of a news report about the coronavirus in broadcast last week in the

Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side

It’s not just the real news media partisans think is rooting for the other team — it’s the fake news media too. By Hanaa’ Tameez, for NiemanLab Fake news, misinformation, and disinformation will be major concerns in the 2020 presidential election. According to previous research by the Pew Research Center, half of American adults describe misinformation as a “very big problem” — more than who say the same about climate

Conspiratorial Virus

By EU vs Disinfo The pro-Kremlin media continues to target Poland, while the newly identified respiratory virus brings new opportunities for disinformation. As the news about a previously unknown respiratory virus – which has already claimed over 100 lives – spreads around the world, so do the conspiracy theories. A mysterious disease that jumped the species barrier from animals to humans with potentially lethal consequences ticks all the “fit-for-conspiracy” boxes:

What rhymes with RIA?

By EU vs Disinfo The first weeks of a new year are usually slow and lazy in Russia. With seven public holidays in the first two weeks of January, Russian workplaces cannot be expected to be very productive. However, when it comes to one particular topic, state-controlled Russian media outlets rarely take time to relax: Crimea. A search on the website of the state-controlled news agency RIA Novosti tells the

Iran’s state media distort Western news coverage of rare Khamenei sermon

By Michael Lipin, Mehdi Jedinia, for VoANews Iranian state media have given a distorted view of Western news coverage of a rare public sermon by Iran’s supreme leader, ignoring how Western outlets highlighted perceived shortcomings in his responses to domestic problems. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, giving a sermon at the capital’s Grand Mosque. The longtime supreme leader has limited such

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

“Rated false”: Here’s the most interesting new research on fake news and fact-checking

By Denise-Marie Ordway, for NiemanLab Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here they collect the best of 2019, including research into the effectiveness of fact-checking, why people are susceptible to fake news, and the changing volume of misinformation on social media. Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all

Formalizing newsrooms’ battle against disinformation

By Craig Newmark, for NiemanLab “I predict that newsrooms will put in place and uphold formal editorial policies that demand all forms of communication — tweet, headline, article — never present falsities without first clearly stating the truth.” Craig Newmark For 2019, I predicted that news organizations would start to institute reporting methods that help them avoid being complicit in the spreading of disinformation, using tactics like the “truth sandwich.”

RT chief accuses Fox News, NBC and Bloomberg of ignoring Iran protests over Soleimani

By Polygraph Margarita SimonyanChief Editor of RT (Russia Today) and Rossiya Segodnya“This is how it is today in Iran. The picture of our agency Ruptly. On Fox News, NBC and Bloomberg there is no such picture. More precisely, there is no picture from the protests. As well as [no] mention of the protests themselves.” Source: Twitter, Jan. 3, 2020 False Contrary to Simonyan’s claim, Fox News, NBC and Bloomberg –

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