Stop the Virus of Disinformation: The Risk of Malicious Use of Social Media During COVID-19 and the Technology Options to Fight it [open pdf - 0B]
From the Foreword: "This report describes how terrorist, violent extremist and organized criminal groups are trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to expand their activities and jeopardize the efficacy and credibility of response measures by governments. Misinformation and disinformation on social media are not new problems, but the COVID-19 crisis has amplified them and created new opportunities for violent non-state actors. [...] It is also alarming that some terrorist and violent extremist groups have attempted to misuse social media to incite potential terrorists to intentionally spread COVID-19 and to use it as an improvised form of a biological weapon. Moreover, some criminal organizations have taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to portray a positive self-image to reinforce their presence and control in the territory and to further expand their illegal activities. [...] We hope this report enhances knowledge and understanding of this complex problem and encourages the identification of new approaches to prevent and combat the malicious use of social media by violent non-state actors."
United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute: http://unicri.it/