This week the news has been marked by two important announcements from Facebook on how they regulate harmful content. We’ve also learned more about political disinformation in Hong Kong, Algeria, and the US. Read on to find out more about the actors and motivations behind these campaigns.
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Algeria protests: how disinformation spread on social media (BBC News, 17 September 2019)
Anti-Semites are Using a Popular Chat App to Compile a List of Jewish People (Mother Jones, 18 September 2019)
China Used Twitter To Disrupt Hong Kong Protests, But Efforts Began Years Earlier (NPR, 17 September 2019)
Facebook, Google and Twitter face fresh heat from Congress on harmful online content (Washington Post, 18 September 2019)
The Facebook Supreme Court will see you now (Columbia Journalism Review, 19 September 2019)
Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism (New York Times, 17 September 2019)
The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ was hijacked by a North Macedonian businessman. It took months for the owners to get it back. (Washington Post, 17 September 2019)
Turmoil in Reddit’s Leading Pro-Trump Community Deepens After Mod Ban (Right Wing Watch, 18 September 2019)