Today, Twitter made major news by announcing that they will no longer allow political advertisements on their platform. Our reading list includes this story as well as several articles detailing recent disinformation campaigns that range from bogus health advice to Russian influence operations in Africa.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Twitter to ban all political advertising (BBC News, 30 October 2019)
Russia Tests New Disinformation Tactics in Africa to Expand Influence (New York Times, 30 October 2019)
Facebook let a fake page posing as the Trump campaign run political ads (CNN Business, 30 October 2019)
Keeping it “real” (Popular Information, 30 October 2019)
Black Salve Is A Dangerous Fake Cancer Cure, But It Continues To Flourish In Facebook Groups (BuzzFeed News, 30 October 2019)
Mimicking Local News, a Network of Michigan Websites Pushes Politics (New York Times, 21 October 2019)
A Facebook content moderation vendor is quitting the business after two Verge investigations (The Verge, 30 October 2019)
EU warns of online political disinformation ahead of UK general election (The Independent, 30 October 2019)
It’s not easy to spot disinformation on Twitter. Here’s what we learned from 8 political ‘astroturfing’ campaigns. (Washington Post, 28 October 2019)