This week, our reading list is focused on the nexus of the coronavirus, disinformation, and online advertising. Topics include ad tech’s failure to blacklist harmful coronavirus articles while still funding reliable news on the virus, the continued presence of ads for face masks on Facebook, and large decrease in online advertising spending since the coronavirus appeared.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Coronavirus Ad Blocking Is Starving Some News Sites Of Revenue (BuzzFeed News, 26 March 2020)
Coronavirus Spurs a Wave of Suspect Websites Looking to Cash In (The New York Times, 24 March 2020)
Tech giants set to lose billions in ad revenue in virus shutdown (Axios, 26 March 2020)
It’s still easy to find coronavirus mask ads on Facebook (TechCrunch, 26 March 2020)
The Next Gray Zone Conflict: State-Based Disinformation Attacks on the Private Sector (Lawfare, 24 March 2020)
Confronting Viral Disinformation (Slate, 27 March 2020)