From coronavirus to weather forecasts to elections integrity, it’s essential that the public is reading reliable and accurate information. Our reading list for this week covers the most pressing threats and new measures to halt them from Facebook and Twitter.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton amplified a coronavirus conspiracy denounced by scientists (DFRLab on Medium, 1 March 2020)
Russian disinformation efforts targeting 2020 elections began last year: study (The Hill, 5 March 2020)
Facebook Removes Misleading Trump Census Ads (The New York Times, 5 March 2020)
Chinese Trolls Are Spreading Coronavirus Disinformation In Taiwan (BuzzFeed News, 5 March 2020)
Coronavirus Is Fueling Nation-State Disinformation Campaigns (Bloomberg, 5 March 2020)
Twitter Vows That As Disinformation Tactics Change, Its Policies Will Keep Pace (NPR, 4 March 2020)
Bloomberg’s online tactics test the boundary of disinformation (Politico, 2 March 2020)
Meteorologists say they are sick of clickbait and misleading social media weather forecasts (The Washington Post, 5 March 2020)