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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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Social Media: Conspiracy Theories and Radicalization

The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) has released their latest report, Conspiracy Theories, Radicalisation and Digital Media, discussing the role of social media in inducing radicalization and terrorism through the spread of conspiracy theories.  In the wake of violent incidents spurred by disinformation, many believe more should be...

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Foreign Intelligence Threat: Increasing Awareness

The FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) released a short film to increase awareness of foreign intelligence threats. Based on true events, the 30-minute movie, called “The Nevernight Connection,” depicts a fictional story of a former U.S. Intelligence Community official being targeted by a foreign intelligence service...

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Social Media Platforms’ Management of Criminal Evidence

The Human Rights Watch has recently released ‘Video Unavailable’: Social Media Platforms Remove Evidence of War Crimes, a report detailing how social media outlets go about removing violent or unacceptable content from their platforms and the impact it has on criminal investigations. Photographs and videos deemed to be in violation...

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TikTok and WeChat: Curating and Controlling Global Information Flow

TikTok and WeChat, two social media platforms run by Chinese companies, are using censorship and heavy content moderation to help further the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) agenda worldwide according to a new report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Titled TikTok and WeChat: Curating and Controlling Global Information Flow,...

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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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Final Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Elections

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fifth and final report, Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities, on the Committee’s bipartisan investigation of Russian 2016 election interference. The new volume focuses on the counterintelligence threat posed by the Russian influence operation preceding the 2016 election. In particular, the report...

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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...

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Balancing Human Rights and Misinformation Amid COVID-19

Access Now has recently released Fighting Misinformation and Defending Free Expression During COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]: Recommendations for States, a report aimed at guiding governments through combating misinformation while adhering to human rights policies. The main issue is that many policies enacted to limit misinformation may also infringe on a...