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Belarus Says Oppo Leaders Fled; Evidence Suggests Forced Deportation

By Polygraph BeltaBelarusian state news agency“The members of the so-called coordination council, Anton Rodnenkov, Ivan Kravtsov and Maria Kolesnikova, tried to leave the territory of Belarus.”Source: Belta, Sept. 8, 2020FALSE On Sept. 7, Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Belarus opposition’s coordination council, was abducted on the streets of the capital Minsk. Witnesses reported that Kolesnikova was pulled into a minibus by masked men in civilian clothes. Kolesnikova’s family filed a missing-person report. The

Belarusian Defense Minister Misleadingly Associates National Flag with Nazi Collaborators

By EU vs Disinfo Viktor KhreninBelarusian Minister of Defense“We cannot calmly watch how, under the flags under which the fascists organized the massacres of Belarusians, Russians, Jews, [and], representatives of other nationalities, actions are being organized today in these sacred places. We cannot allow this!”Source: Tut.by Aug. 23, 2020MISLEADING Since mass demonstrations erupted in Belarus following the allegedly fraudulent reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has held power for 26

What Makes Fake News Feel True When It Isn’t? For One Thing, Hearing It Over And Over Again

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab “The more often participants had heard a statement, the more likely they were to attribute it to Consumer Reports rather than the National Enquirer.” 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. “Crocodiles sleep with their eyes closed”? Just out: The

Madagascar’s President Promised a Miracle Coronavirus Cure. It Didn’t Work

By Polygraph Andry RajoelinaPresident of Madagascar“Covid-Organics, improved traditional remedy based on artemisia & endemic plants, curative & preventive against #Covid19, is launched!”Source: Twitter, April 20, 2020FALSE On April 20, Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina, announced the launch of a promised cure for COVID-19 to his nearly 100,000 Twitter followers. “Covid-Organics, improved traditional remedy based on artemisia & endemic plants, curative & preventive against #Covid19, is launched!” he wrote. The drink, developed by the

Bolivia’s Congress Says Chloride Dioxide Kills Coronavirus. It Also Kills People

By Polygraph Bolivian Chamber of Deputies“Citizens, and residents of the Bolivian territory, may use the Chlorine Dioxide Solution, as an alternative means, to prevent or treat the infection and the consequences caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).”Source: Diputados.bo, Aug. 5, 2020DANGEROUS On Aug. 5, the Bolivian Chamber of Deputies approved legislation authorizing the emergency “manufacture, marketing, supply and use of chlorine dioxide solution for the prevention and treatment of coronavirus.” The Senate, the

People who engage with false news are hyper-concerned about truth. But they think it’s being hidden

By Tommy Shane, for NiemanLab “On Google, searching for ‘coronavirus facts’ gives you a full overview of official statistics and visualizations. That’s not the case for ‘coronavirus truth.’” Ed. note: Here at Nieman Lab, we’re long-time fans of the work being done at First Draft, which is working to protect communities around the world from harmful information (sign up for its daily and weekly briefings). First Draft recently launched a publication, Footnotes: “A dedicated

Iran’s Military Bragging is Classic. Often It Goes a Little Too Far

By Polygraph Amir Ali HajizadehAerospace Force brigadier general, Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps“During the Payambar-e Azam 14 (The Great Prophet) war games in south Iran, IRGC successfully launched underground ballistic missiles for the first time in the world.”Source: Mehrnews.com, July 29, 2020FALSE On July 29, Iran’s Mehr news agency carried a statement by Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force leader. Mehr is a Tehran-based

Putin, a Rainbow Flag, and Discrimination in Russia

By Polygraph Vladimir PutinRussian President“In Russia, there has not been, is not, and will not be anything that is associated with restrictions on rights based on race, sexual orientation, nationality, or any religious grounds. This has never happened in Russia and never will.”Source: Kremlin.ru, July 3, 2020FALSE On July 3, following a national vote that took place from June 25 to July 1 and approved 206 amendments to the Russian

Coronavirus: misinformation is leading to ‘fake news’ anxieties in Dutch refugee communities

By Ilse van Liempt, Mieke Kox, for The Conversation The coronavirus pandemic has led to a crisis among asylum seekers and refugees in the Netherlands. According to our research, the start of the pandemic saw an information vacuum within this community, leading to a general atmosphere of confusion and anxiety and the spread of fake news. When our fieldwork with asylum seekers, refugees and unauthorised migrants in Amsterdam was interrupted due

A digital media literacy intervention increases discernment between mainstream and false news in the United States and India

By Andrew M. Guess, Michael Lerner, Benjamin Lyons, Jacob M. Montgomery, Brendan Nyhan, Jason Reifler, and Neelanjan Sircar, for PNAS Read PDF here. PNAS first published June 22, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.192049811 Edited by David G. Rand, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and accepted by Editorial Board Member Margaret Levi April 28, 2020 (received for review November 20, 2019) Significance Few people are prepared to effectively navigate the online information environment. This global deficit in digital media literacy has

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