As the coronavirus pandemic and infodemic rage on, a surge of protests against racism and police brutality have swept across the United States. This combination poses an increased threat for disinformation to sow confusion and division in society, so we’ve been tracking both of these stories closely. Below, you can find some of the stories our team has enjoyed reading this week.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Google Helps Place Ads on Sites Amplifying Covid-19 Conspiracies (Bloomberg, 1 June 2020, GDI mention)
Facebook, Twitter and Google Write Their Own Rules for Political Ads—and What You See (Wall Street Journal, 4 June 2020, Paywall)
Twitter and Facebook have differing business models (The Economist, 1 June 2020)
Facebook employees said they were ‘caught in an abusive relationship’ with Trump as internal debates raged (The Washington Post, 5 June 2020)
White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter (NBC News, 1 June 2020)