This week, we’re sharing articles on the benefits of a free press and the threat that disinformation poses to the 2020 US census.
Our team has also been reading about the latest internal moves by platforms to fight disinformation, including a report on the teams at Facebook tasked with tracking and responding to conspiracies and rumors about Facebook.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
A free press is the lifeblood of democracy – journalists must not be silenced (The Guardian, 5 July 2019)
Europe Built a System to Fight Russian Meddling. It’s Struggling. (New York Times, 6 July 2019)
Facebook’s First ‘Civil Rights Audit’ Is the First Step in Climbing Everest (Motherboard, 30 June 2019)
Facebook combats ‘miracle cures’ and other misleading health claims (cnet, 3 July 2019)
Google tweaked algorithm after rise in US shootings (The Guardian, 2 July 2019)
Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census (New York Times, 3 July, 2019)
How Facebook Fought Fake News About Facebook (Bloomberg, 8 July 2019)
Is there a growing far-right threat online? (BBC News, 8 July 2019)
Whatever happened to Breitbart? The insurgent star of the right is in a long, slow fade (The Washington Post, 2 July 2019).