This week, our reading list includes stories about disinformation on Instagram, Congress’s investigation of social media bots promoting e-cigarettes, and a well-known news aggregator’s far-right Facebook group. Read on for more.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
On Facebook, disinformation, and existential threats (Columbia Journalism Review, 11 October 2019)
How Instagram Became A Hotspot For Vile Conspiracies And 2020 Disinformation (Huffington Post, 8 October 2019)
Children ‘interested in’ gambling and alcohol, according to Facebook (The Guardian, 9 October 2019)
Investigating Information Operations in West Papua: A Digital Forensic Case Study of Cross-Platform Network Analysis (Bellingcat, 11 October 2019)
Congress Probes Bot-Generated Social-Media Messages About E-Cigarettes (Wall Street Journal, 14 October 2019) (Paywall)
RealClear Media Has a Secret Facebook Page to Push Far-Right Memes (The Daily Beast, 7 October 2019)
Russia’s Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started (Wired, 8 October 2019)
Violent spoof video of Trump killing his critics shows how memes have reshaped politics (Washington Post, 14 October 2019)