On this week’s edition of the GDI reading list, we’ve included articles on the surge of false claims on social media about the fires in Australia, Facebook’s new policy banning deepfake videos, and the growing cottage industry selling disinformation operations to the highest bidder.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
On Politics Media Watch How a Misleading Biden Video Spread (The New York Times, 7 January 2020)
Facebook bans ‘deepfake’ videos in run-up to US election (The Guardian, 7 January 2020)
Twitter will put options to limit replies directly on the compose screen (The Verge, 8 January 2020)
How Iran’s disinformation threat differs from Russia (Axios, 7 January 2020)
TikTok Finally Bans Disinformation Campaigns In Updated Community Guidelines (Forbes, 8 January 2020)
‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020 (The New York Times, 10 January 2020)
Disinformation For Hire: How A New Breed Of PR Firms Is Selling Lies Online (BuzzFeed News, 6 January 2020)
Bots and trolls spread false arson claims in Australian fires ‘disinformation campaign’ (The Guardian, 7 January 2020)