COVID-19 is dominating the headlines, as is disinformation about the virus’ origins and hoax cures. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the development of this disinformation threat while also reading about the discovery of a network of Russian disinformation farms in Africa and the constant swirl of disinformation around the US presidential election. These topics and more are covered in the reading list below.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Russian election meddling is back — via Ghana and Nigeria — and in your feeds (CNN, 12 March 2020)
It Looks Like a News App in the Apple Store. It’s Really Russian Propaganda. (The Daily Beast, 4 March 2020)
Twitter Breaks Out New Misinformation Policy for Trump Campaign’s Biden Smear (Vanity Fair, 10 March 2020)
NHS announces plan to combat coronavirus fake news (The Guardian, 10 March 2020)
Combating Fear And Disinformation Regarding The 2020 Census (NPR, 8 March 2020)
In this wine-making town in Spain, the disinformation was almost as bad as the coronavirus itself (LA Times, 12 March 2020)
Facebook, Twitter suspend Russian-linked operation targeting African Americans on social media (The Washington Post, 12 March 2020)