The disinformation space is constantly changing. New academic research is trying to shed light on how disinformation is spread. Media exposes are uncovering the networks behind it. And platforms are constantly issuing new bans and purging suspect accounts.
To keep everyone up to speed on these developments, the GDI is going to share with you a weekly list of the staff’s top reads on these topics. These are readings that staff have shared, been quoted in or flagged as having policy impact.
- Facebook bans Alex Jones, other extremists—but not as planned (WIRED, 2 May)
- Inside the team at Facebook that dealt with the Christchurch shooting (The New Yorker, 25 April)
- Meet the man keeping 8chan, the world’s most vile website, alive (Splinter, 19 April)
- Online information operations cross platforms. Tech companies’ responses should too (Lawfare, 26 April)
- PayPal, GoFundMe yank accounts for far-right militia rounding up migrants at border (Gizmodo, 20 April)
- Removing More Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Russia (Facebook, 6 May)
- “They’re just wrong”—Ex-Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has harsh words on big tech’s failure to stop internet hate (Mother Jones, 1 May).
- Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘downgrading humans.’ It’s time to fight back (WIRED, 23 April)
- Twitter shuts down 5,000 pro-Trump bots retweeting anti-Mueller report invective (Ars Tecnica, 23 April)
- Want to build a far-right movement? Spain’s Vox party shows how (The Washington Post, 2 May)
We plan to post the GDI reading at the beginning of each week. Also feel welcome to share suggested readings with us that you like about the disinformation space.
Until the next post,
The GDI Team