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Made-in-China fake news overwhelms Taiwan

By I-fan Lin, for Global Voices Since 2016, when Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected as Taiwan’s president after the pro-independent Sunflower Movement, waves of disinformation have engulfed traditional and social media platforms in Taiwan — and much of it can be traced back to China. Taiwan has been ruled independently for decades, and Tsai decided to reject the “One China, different interpretation”, an agreement signed in 1992 between the

Putin falsely claims seized Ukrainian ships gifted by U.S.A.

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin President, Russian Federation “Two little cutters that the United States gifted Ukraine didn’t pass through the Kerch Straight, and you want a nuclear submarine visiting our base?! A bad film.” Source: Russia 24 YouTube, December 2, 2018 FALSE The two ships reportedly made in Ukraine were not gifted by the U.S. Speaking to reporters after the G20 (Group of Twenty) Summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday,

Seven Commandments of Fake News – New York Times exposes Kremlin’s methods

By EU vs Disinfo A three-series multimedia project by the New York Times reveals how current Kremlin disinformation campaigns stem from a long tradition of weaponizing information. Titled “Operation Infektion”, the series tells the story of a “political virus”, invented decades ago by the KGB to “slowly and methodically destroy its enemies from the inside”, and which the Kremlin continues to deliberately spread to this day. EU vs Disinfo takes

Russian Foreign Ministry Says Austrian Officer Was Baselessly Accused of Spying for Moscow, But He Confessed

By Polygraph Sergei Lavrov Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs “The Russian side stressed the unacceptability of the practice of making public unsubstantiated accusations, which runs counter to the norms of international dialogue.” Source: Official Russian Foreign Ministry website FALSE The suspect confessed to spying for Russia. On November 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a news item about a telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl.

What’s disinformation doing “right” — and what can newsrooms learn from it?

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab “Recognition of altruism as a motive for publishing (i.e. shedding a light on unknown/hidden information).” The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. “Extreme users,” disinformation version. Mandy Jenkins, a 2019 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford and the

Disinfo Analysis: The ‘art of fake news’ – How independent Moldovan media fight Russian disinformation

By Polygraph Millions of Moldovans were glued to their TV screens watching with increasing panic the news from neighboring European countries about a “massive” wave of Syrian refugees. The horrifying reports were coming from Russian TV retranslated by the Moldovan TV channels – claims their neighbors were drowning in crime and terrorism imported with the Syrian refugees, who fled the war in their own country. Moldova is a small country

Russian Church spokesman falsely compares Ukrainian Church to Nazis

By Polygraph Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) Bishop of Russian Orthodox Church and Head of the Department of External Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church “The Ukrainian authorities want to completely seize the Ukrainian Church, to outlaw it, and for this purpose various kinds of bills are being created. For example, there is such a bill that says the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be renamed ‘the Russian Church in Ukraine’.” Source: RIA

Journalism, ‘fake news’ and disinformation: A handbook for journalism education and training

This new publication by UNESCO is a timely resource and highly topical subject for all those who practice or teach journalism in this Digital Age. By UNESCO Developments in the last few years have placed journalism under fire. A range of factors are transforming the communications landscape, raising questions about the quality, impact and credibility of journalism. At the same time, orchestrated campaigns are spreading untruths – disinformation, mal-information and

‘Fake news’ is in the eye of the beholder: China is centralizing efforts to stop online ‘rumors’

By Oiwan Lam, for Global Voices A new state-run platform is now centralizing efforts to stop online “rumors” in China. This is a significant step for China, where any piece of information that does not come from official government channels can be considered a rumor. Since 2012, Chinese authorities have undertaken a series of measures and campaigns to control online speech. Major social media platforms have been forced to implement community rules and reporting

Picture Does Not Lie — Russian Claim to Have Captured Javelin Missile System is Wrong

By Polygraph Vedomosti Russian newspaper “At an exhibition of trophy weapons captured in Syria, held in the Moscow region near Kubinka as part of the forum “Army-2018,” the Russian Ministry of Defense showed the US anti-tank missile system (ATGM) “Javelin.” Source: Vedomosti, August 22, 2018 FALSE The weapon shown is not a Javelin. On August 22, the Russian news outlet Vedomosti reported on an exhibit of the Russian Ministry of

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