To start the new year, we’re sharing some of the articles on disinformation and tech that our team has been reading. In the links below, you’ll learn more about the role of domestic disinformation in elections, the threat of simple video editing techniques used to alter the meaning of politicians’ statements, and Facebook’s decision to remove ads that made false claims about anti-HIV drugs.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Reminder: Video editing still beats deepfakes for spreading disinformation (Quartz, 2 January 2020)
Facebook removes false HIV-prevention ads after LGBTQ+ outcry (The Guardian, 30 December 2019)
Census 2020 Tests Social-Media Giants’ Ability to Combat Disinformation (Wall Street Journal, 2 January 2020)
A top Google exec pushed the company to commit to human rights. Then Google pushed him out, he says. (The Washington Post, 2 January 2020)
Taiwan’s citizens battle pro-China fake news campaigns as election nears (The Guardian, 30 December 2020)