There has been a huge spotlight in the media on the risks of disinformation ahead of the EU Elections which kick-off on 23 May.
In the run-up to the vote, investigative journalists and researchers have dug deeper into the problem – and its sources. Unfortunately, such campaigns are not just affecting the EU but different key elections around the globe.
This week’s staff readings look at some of the main findings that have come to light and what platforms are doing to deal with the disinformation threat.
Disinformation war shifts ground ahead of EU elections (The Financial Times, 19 May
Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds (Tech Crunch, 21 May)
Facebook, Twitter and the Digital Disinformation Mess (Bloomberg Businessweek, 18 May)
Far-right Facebook groups ‘spreading hate to millions in Europe (The Guardian, 22 May)
How money flows from Amazon to 8chan (Popular Information, 20 May)
Is Russia trying to sway the European elections? (BBC, 20 May)
Russia Is Targeting Europe’s Elections. So Are Far-Right Copycats (The New York Times, 12 May)