With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to address the greatest disinformation hoax of all: Santa Claus. Unfortunately, this week’s reading list doesn’t touch on that pressing subject. Instead, you’ll read about disinformation campaigns – and attempts to mitigate them – from around the world: India, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
How Russian Propaganda Showed Up in an Italian Murder Trial (The New York Times, 17 December 2019)
Pro-Indian ‘fake websites targeted decision makers in Europe’ (BBC News, 16 December 2019)
Singapore Government Again Uses Fake News Law on Opposition (Bloomberg, 14 December 2019)
Russian disinformation network is said to have helped spread smear of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine (The Washington Post, 17 December 2019)
Can fact-checkers save Taiwan from a flood of Chinese fake news? (LA Times, 16 December 2019)
Twitter fights interference, deletes 5,929 Saudi accounts (AP News, 20 December 2019)
On Census, Facebook And Instagram To Ban Disinformation And False Ads (NPR, 19 December 2019)
2020 Campaigns Throw Their Hands Up on Disinformation (The New York Times, 16 December 2019)
Now fake Facebook accounts are using fake faces (CNN Business, 20 December 2019)
Hundreds of ‘pink slime’ local news outlets are distributing algorithmic stories and conservative talking points (Columbia Journalism Review, 18 December 2019)