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Nitin Agarwal, Kiran Kumar Bandeli. Examining strategic integration of social media platforms in disinformation campaign coordination

By NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence Download publication file (2.54 MB) Social media platforms are widely used for sharing information. Although social media use is generally benign, such platforms can also be used for a variety of malicious activities, including the dissemination of propaganda, hoaxes, and fake news to influence the public. The availability of inexpensive and ubiquitous mass communication tools has made such malicious activity much more convenient and effective.

Misinformation and biases infect social media, both intentionally and accidentally

By Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Filippo Menczer, for The Conversation Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world. Yet users are exposed to content of questionable accuracy, including conspiracy theories, clickbait, hyperpartisan content, pseudo science and even fabricated “fake news” reports. It’s not surprising that there’s so much disinformation published: Spam and online fraud are lucrative for criminals, and government and political propaganda yield both partisan and financial benefits. But the fact that low-credibility

European Commission experts urge ‘Code of principles’ for social-media networks

By Rikard Jozwiak, for RFE/RL The European Commission’s high-level expert group on fake news has called for a “code of principles” that online platforms and social networks should commit to. But the March 12 report does not blacklist specific media companies or identify those responsible for spreading fake news. Speaking in Brussels, where the report was submitted to the commission, the group’s chairman ruled out blacklisting media platforms involved in

The “Chechen” Clone of Instagram: Not as Good – Part I

By Polygraph Ramzan Kadyrov Head of Chechnya “There is a new social network being tested in Chechnya @ Mylistory, which is as good as the foreign ones” Source: Telegram, January 3, 2018 FALSE Mylistory is an underdeveloped clone of the “old” Instagram, with mysterious origins. On December 23, 2017, the head of Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov announced via his Telegram channel that his Facebook and Instagram accounts had disappeared. Kadyrov,

Russian network TV show reportedly uses Twitter bots to fake fawning viewer feedback

By Meduza The producers of a new daily political talk show on the national TV network Pervyi Kanal have created an army of Twitter bots to post fawning comments they can show on air, presented as engaged public feedback, according to the newspaper Vedomosti. On June 20, the show’s hosts, Ekaterina Strizhenova and Anatoly Kuzichev, announced that viewers would be able to send comments and questions to the show via

Russia’s National Guard to Monitor Social Networks

Russia’s National Guard is planning to train IT experts and specialists to monitor social networks, the Interfax news agency reported Friday, citing first deputy commander of the National Guard Sergei Melikov. “We’re looking at areas of work we would like to develop” Melikov told reporters. “Mainly social media monitoring.” Monitoring social networks would help the law enforcement agency to prevent attacks against the national guard like the one in the

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know

By Netizen Report Team, Global Voices Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In mid-March Indian documentarian Rakesh Sharma, who is known for his films on public unrest and violence in the state of Gujarat, found his YouTube channel blocked. He received a message from the company that read: This account has been terminated due to

Facebook can now flag fake news stories as ‘disputed’

Napier Lopez, TNW, via Recode Following up on its promise from December, Facebook has begun to flag fake news stories on news feeds in the US. Questionable stories may now show a “disputed” tag underneath, with a link to a source countering the article’s claims. Facebook said it works with ABC News, Politifact, FactCheck, Snopes, and the Associated Press to verify stories back in December. It’s a welcome step, but there are caveats.

Le Pen’s (Small) Online Army

How a French far-right group tried to break into Twitter’s trends By Ben Nimmo, @DFRLab France holds presidential elections on April 23. Ahead of the polls, reports are emerging of sophisticated online groups supporting some of the candidates, especially far-right leader Marine Le Pen. According to the Financial Times, Le Pen is supported by “an aggressive social media operation that is the most powerful in French politics”, putting her at

How to report fake news to social media

By Alex Murray, BBC News Fake news stories on the internet have hit the headlines in recent weeks – especially since the US election. While much of the focus has been on Facebook, Google and Twitter, other popular platforms all have their own systems to enable readers to report fake news. Some are better than others, some are non-existent. But how can you help to remove false news from the

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