This week, we released a new report describing how publishers of coronavirus disinformation earn millions of dollars through ads placed by companies like Google and Amazon. We have also been reading an Iranian disinformation campaign centered around COVID-19, an MIT study which found that when people are consuming news on social media their inclination to share information can impact their ability to assess its accuracy, and TikTok’s new ad platform.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
Google, Amazon Funnel Money to Virus Conspiracy Sites: Study (Bloomberg, 7 July 2020, GDI coverage)
Study: Google, Amazon ad revenue funds pandemic disinformation (DW, 8 July 2020, GDI coverage)
How misinformation spreads on Twitter (Brookings Institution, 6 July 2020)
Our itch to share helps to spread COVID-19 misinformation (MIT News, 9 July 2020)
Big Advertisers Still Fund Hate and Disinformation Outside of Facebook (Forbes, 6 July 2020)
Facebook met with civil rights groups after hundreds of companies joined ad boycott (The Washington Post, 7 July 2020)
Trump, Biden campaign ads show up on white nationalist YouTube content (The Washington Post, 8 July 2020)
Right-Wing Media Outlets Duped by a Middle East Propaganda Campaign (The Daily Beast, 7 July 2020)
Inside the Ad Boycott That Has Facebook on the Defensive (Politico, 3 July 2020)
TikTok Introduces New Ad Platform Amidst Calls For Ban (Forbes, 8 July 2020)
Experts dissect Iran regime’s disinformation campaign as COVID-19 worsens (Atlantic Council, 9 July 2020)