Disinformation about the origins of COVID-19 and fake cures for the virus continue to spread across the Internet, so we’ve been reading about efforts by platforms and governments to intervene. We also released a report this week estimating that European disinformation domains earn US$76 million per year in advertising revenue via major ad tech companies like Google and Criteo. Coverage of that report is included 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.
Fake news websites still profit from Google advertising (Financial Times, 17 March 2020)
Disinformation and blame: how America’s far right is capitalizing on coronavirus (The Guardian, 19 March 2020)
Is Russia running a coronavirus disinformation campaign? (DW, 20 March 2020)
Review: ‘After Truth,’ the Deluge (The New York Times, 20 March 2020)
Russia deploying coronavirus disinformation to sow panic in West, EU document says (Reuters, 18 March 2020)
Inside a pro-Trump YouTube disinformation network that spans Vietnam to Bosnia (CNET, 20 March 2020)
Neighborhood social network Nextdoor is both a lifeline and a hub of anxiety (CNN Business, 18 March 2020)
WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response (Wired, 20 March 2020)