The horrifying link between disinformation and public health has been made evident by the coronavirus. In this week’s reading list you’ll find coverage of research establishing evidence of the life-threatening behavioral effects of disinformation about the pandemic. We’ve also included stories on the similarities and differences in state sponsored disinformation from various governments and new identity requirements for clients of Google’s ad services.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Want to Find a Misinformed Public? Facebook’s Already Done It (The Markup, 23 April 2020)
People who watched ‘Hannity’ are more likely to die of COVID-19: study (Chicago Tribune, 20 April 2020)
State report: Russian, Chinese and Iranian disinformation narratives echo one another (Politico, 21 April 2020)
Google is extending identity verification requirements to all advertisers (TechCrunch, 23 April 2020)
Coronavirus Mask Ads Were Emailed To Millions Of Americans With Unsafe Claims And Inflated Prices (BuzzFeed News, 21 April 2020)
Facebook ads, conspiracy theorists pushed bleach consumption and UV ray cures (NBC News, 24 April 2020)
Malicious forces creating ‘perfect storm’ of coronavirus disinformation (The Guardian, 24 April 2020)
Pressured by China, E.U. Softens Report on Covid-19 Disinformation (The New York Times, 24 April 2020)
Here’s A Timeline Of How A Bill Gates Reddit AMA Turned Into A Coronavirus Vaccine Conspiracy (BuzzFeed News, 18 April 2020)
Conservative activist family behind ‘grassroots’ anti-quarantine Facebook events (NBC News, 20 April 2020)