Tagged: disinformation

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Amazon’s Dissemination of Conspiracy Theories and Extremist Literature

The  Institute for Strategic Dialogue has released Recommended Reading: Amazon’s Algorithms, Conspiracy Theories and Extremist Literature, a report examining how Amazon’s algorithm can spread disinformation and extremist ideology via literature recommendations. Aside from continuously suggesting more literature based on previously read extremist or misleading content, Amazon also outright suggests such...

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The Domestic Extremist Next Door

How have digital media platforms contributed to anti-government rhetoric?  Digital Citizens Alliance and Coalition for a Safer Web teamed up to answer this question in their report, “The Domestic Extremist Next Door.”  The report analyzes some of the most popular social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok) and...

Dissemination of fact-based COVID-19 information, misinformation and disinformation.

National Strategy Needed to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released National Priorities to Combat Misinformation and Disinformation for COVID-19 and Future Public Health Threats: A Call for a National Strategy. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a dangerous influence of health-related misinformation and disinformation. The abundance of access-enabling technology such as social...

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Origins of Institutional Distrust and COVID Vaccine Disinformation

In their report, A Contagion of Institutional Distrust: Viral Disinformation of the COVID Vaccine and the Road to Reconciliation, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), along with Rutgers University, delves into mapping out where disinformation originates and why there is distrust about the COVID-19 Vaccine and coinciding health policy mandates...

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Countering QAnon: Understanding the Role of Human Trafficking in the Disinformation-Extremist Nexus

In the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, it was found that many of the rioters were supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational ring of Satan-worshiping pedophiles engaging...

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Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race

In a recently released report from the DFRLab of the Atlantic Council of the United States, researchers analyzed the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disinformation being spread about the disease. Titled Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race, the study “focuses...

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Preparing for Attacks on the 2020 Election

Recorded Future‘s Cyber Threat Analysis, Russian-Related Threats to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, evaluates the likelihood of an attack on the 2020 election. The report looks at previously documented tactics, techniques, and procedures used by conspiracy groups and anti-government groups to interfere in the 2016 and 2018 elections, which include...

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Fighting Coronavirus Mis/Disinformation Online

The Center for American Progress (CAP) issued a report on online disinformation and misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic. Titled “Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation: Preventive Product Recommendations for Social Media Platforms,” the report examines the emerging threat of false or misleading online information to public health. Furthermore, as argued by...

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Rise of Pro-Chinese Inauthentic Networks

Graphika released a new report highlighting the emerging threat of pro-Chinese inauthentic networks. According to the report, a pro-Chinese political spam network, named Spamouflage Dragon for using spam as camouflage, started conducting disinformation operations on various social media platforms. The rise in English-language videos attacking American policy and the administration...

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Conspiracy Theory Trends: QAnon

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has released Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory: Key Trends in QAnon Activity Since 2017, a report analyzing the QAnon conspiracy, including a rise in activity amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the report, this conspiracy theory “claims that an elite group of child-trafficking paedophiles have...