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A fierce attack into nowhere

By EU vs Disinfo “Secondary Infektion” – Powerful, Useless and Dangerous Secondary Infektion is a campaign that since 2014 has used fake accounts and forged documents to sow conflict between Western countries. Researchers from the research company Graphika have tied the campaign to Russia. The campaign is technically sophisticated, it covers its tracks very well. At least 2 500 pieces of content: fake letters, forged blogs, have been published. The report describes a

“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

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

Men and white people believe the news is less reliable now than it was in the past. Women and people of color think it’s gotten more reliable.

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab Different groups of Americans perceive news very differently: It depends on your race, gender, age, education level, and political affiliation, according to a new RAND survey of 2,543 Americans ages 21 and older. The research is part of RAND’s ongoing “Truth Decay” research. There’s plenty here that won’t be surprising to people who’ve followed research from Pew and others: People who rely primarily on

How social media companies are failing to combat inauthentic behaviour online

By Sebastian Bay, Rolf Fredheim, for NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence Download publication file (2.77 MB) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY From the 2014 invasion of Ukraine to more recent attempts to interfere in democratic elections, antagonists seeking to influence their adversaries have turned to social media manipulation. At the heart of this practice is a flourishing market dominated by Manipulation Service Providers (MSPs) based in Russia. Buyers range from individuals to

The unequal aplication of advertising transparency

By Sara Nelson, for Disinfo Portal The role of social media and search engine companies in political campaigning and elections is under scrutiny. Concerns range from the spread of disinformation and profiling users without their knowledge, to micro-targeting users with tailored messages, and foreign election interference. Significant attention has been paid to the transparency of political ads, and more broadly to the transparency of online ads. While these concerns are

Figure of the Week: 150

By EU vs Disinfo Since 2017, the number of countries using organised social media manipulation campaigns has increased 150%, from 28 to 70. According to the study by the Computational Propaganda Research Project at Oxford University, those 70 countries all have at least one political party or government agency that uses social media to shape public attitudes domestically. However, what distinguishes novices from sophisticated state actors is the ability to

What more could we want from social media platforms

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal When it comes to countering information operations online, the most frequent approach so far has been to target “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” This gives platforms the opportunity not to focus on content, but instead on the deceptive manner in which bad actors pretend to be someone other than who they really are. Additionally, not focusing on content itself allows companies to dismiss common criticisms that

The Global Disinformation Order: 2019 Global inventory of organised social media manipulation

By Computational Propaganda Research Project Over the past three years, we have monitored the global organization of social media manipulation by governments and political parties. Our 2019 report analyses the trends of computational propaganda and the evolving tools, capacities, strategies, and resources. 1. Evidence of organized social media manipulation campaigns which have taken place in 70 countries, up from 48 countries in 2018 and 28 countries in 2017. In each

Figure of the week: 55%

By EU vs Disinfo Between May and July 2019, bots accounted for a staggering 55% of all Russian-language Twitter messages about the NATO presence in the Baltic States and Poland, a study by the NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence reveals. This represents an increase in bot activity from the second quarter of this year, when 47% of Russian-language Twitter messages about the NATO presence came from bots. What are they

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