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Unlike in 2016, there was no spike in misinformation this election cycle

By Paul Resnick, for The Conversation The “Iffy Quotient” has been downright steady leading up to tomorrow’s midterm elections, and Facebook deserves some credit for it. A newsy photo of a public figure shows up on your social media feed, with a clickbait-y headline and a provocative comment, all linking to a site with juicy political content. Did you share it? Somebody did. It wasn’t a paid ad, or even

Disinformation, ‘fake news’ and influence campaigns on Twitter

By Knight Foundation DOWNLOAD PDF THIS STUDY IS ONE OF THE LARGEST ANALYSES TO DATE ON HOW FAKE NEWS SPREAD ON TWITTER BOTH DURING AND AFTER THE 2016 ELECTION CAMPAIGN. Using tools and mapping methods from Graphika, a social media int­elligence firm, we study more than 10 million tweets from 700,000 Twitter accounts that linked to more than 600 fake and conspiracy news outlets. Crucially, we study fake and conspiracy news

Figure of the Week: 10

By EU vs Disinfo The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has seen a coordinated disinformation campaign targeting its referendum on changing the name of the country, and some fingers are pointing in Moscow’s direction due to the coverage by Russian state media. The Digital Forensic Research Lab scrutinised articles published by the pro-Kremlin Sputnik news agency in the run-up to the September 30 referendum and found that their content

Facebook’s attempts to fight fake news seem to be working. (Twitter’s? Not so much.)

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab Plus: How YouTubers spread far-right beliefs (don’t just blame algorithms), and another cry for less both-sides journalism. 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. “The overall magnitude of the misinformation problem may have declined.” It’s fun to hate on

Russia’s UN Mission tags friends on Twitter to spread message

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Some of the individuals tagged in tweets recently by Russian Mission UN (@RussiaUN), which has 31.1K followers, provide insight into who the Kremlin relies on to spread its propaganda message. They include well-known RT contributors and “independent bloggers”, as well as anonymous accounts or accounts with the name of a person whose identity can’t be verified. On a day when Twitter plans to remove

Who is Darth Putin?

By EU vs Disinfo Disinformation can sometimes be fun – especially when the more awkward attempts to spread it are unmasked. We do our best to illustrate this point with a weekly fun story on the EUvsDisinfo website. But some go further than highlighting embarrassing moments. One genre that has gained particular popularity is that of the parody accounts, which communicate political satire on social media. Our favourite is “Darth Putin” on Twitter.

Update on Twitter’s Review of the 2016 U.S. Election

By Twitter PublicPolicy Updated on January 31, 2018 We have expanded the number of people notified about interactions with Twitter accounts potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency. Our notice efforts are focused on certain types of interactions, and they will not encompass every person that ever saw this content. Our goal in providing these notifications is to advance public

Facebook, Twitter threatened with sanctions in Britain

By Jamie Dettmer, for VOA Social media giants Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions in Britain if they fail to be more forthcoming in providing details about Russian disinformation campaigns that used their platforms in the run-up to last year’s Brexit referendum, the chairman of a British parliamentary inquiry committee warned. The companies have been given until January 18 to hand over information. Damian Collins, chairman of the Department of Culture,

UK, the latest target of fake Russian twitter accounts

By EU vs Disinfo After the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, it’s the turn of the United Kingdom to sound the alarm about Russian meddling. On November 13, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of “seeking to weaponise information” and using its state-run media outlets to “plant fake stories and Photoshopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West.” Russia’s actions, she charged, are

Twitter bans ads from RT and Sputnik citing electoral meddling

By DW Russia has been accused of trying to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Twitter has taken action against two Russian agencies “effective immediately.” Twitter said on Thursday it will ban advertisements from RT, an English-language television news station formally known as “Russia Today,” and Sputnik, an English-language news website, from its popular short messaging service “effective immediately.” “This decision was based on the retrospective work

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