This week, our team has been reading about new information which has surfaced about a Russian coronavirus disinformation campaign. Declassified U.S. intelligence accuses Moscow of spreading propaganda through a host of sites and social media. We’ve also included stories on updated information on the Facebook ad boycott and a new research study that suggests Americans who rely on social media for news are less likely than other news consumers to be knowledgeable about major stories like COVID-19 and the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
U.S. officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation (Associated Press, 28 July 2020)
Facebook ad boycott won’t formally extend, though some companies press on (Politico, 30 July 2020)
Americans Who Mainly Get Their News on Social Media Are Less Engaged, Less Knowledgeable (Pew Research Center, 30 July 2020)
Facebook Continues Missteps On Hate Speech and Misinformation (Forbes, 26 July 2020)
This was the week America lost the war on misinformation (Washington Post, 30 July 2020)
Russian Intelligence Agencies Push Disinformation on Pandemic (New York Times, 28 July 2020)
A former KGB spy talks disinformation tactics and the 2020 election (CNN, 31 July 2020)
Local U.S. election officials fight disinformation ‘virus’, whether from overseas or Trump (Reuters, 30 July 2020)