In our reading list for this week, we’ve included coverage of our new report on ad tech’s funding of disinformation sites. In addition, you’ll find a story on Facebook’s controversial announcement regarding how they handle speech from politicians and an Oxford report on the growing use of ‘troll farms’ around the world.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Disinformation sites generate over $200 million: study (Deutsche Welle, 22 September 2019, GDI coverage).
Facebook says it won’t remove politicians’ posts for breaking its rules (The Verge, 24 September 2019).
Here’s How Google Sends Advertising Dollars to Fake News Sites (Vice, 22 September 2019, GDI coverage).
Massive “I Love America” Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by Ukrainians (Popular Information, 23 September 2019).
Saudi, UAE Twitter takedowns won’t curb rampant disinformation on Arab Twitter (Washington Post, 25 September 2019).
Tech companies back independent watchdog to tackle online extremism (Reuters, 23 September 2019).
TikTok’s local moderation guidelines ban pro-LGBT content (The Guardian, 26 September 2019).
Facebook Is Making Millions by Promoting Hate Groups’ Content (Sludge, 25 September 2019) .
The Google Feature Magnifying Disinformation (The Atlantic, 23 September 2019).
Use of social media to manipulate public opinion now a global problem, says new report (Oxford Internet Institute, 26 September 2019).