This week, our team has been researching disinformation origins, what advertisers role in stopping the spread may be, and what the tech giants plan to do about it. We’ve also included stories about the upcoming U.S. election, and even throw back to early warnings of the disinfo battle ahead.
We hope you enjoy these articles – and please, share your ideas for other readings with us on Twitter @DisinfoIndex. We’d love to hear from you!
Online disinformation is getting worse but the government and tech giants still aren’t doing enough to fight back (Business Insider, Aug 15 2020)
In a letter to Pichai, top philanthropists slam Google for placing charity ads on disinfo sites (Protocol, Aug 13 2020)
The U.S election has all the ingredients to become a river of disinformation (Poynter, Aug 13 2020)
‘Hundreds dead’ because of Covid-19 misinformation (BBC, Aug 12 2020)
Disinformation for profit: How a Florida ‘dealmaker’ turns conservative outrage into cash (Washington Post, Aug 11 2020)
Revealed: QAnon Facebook Groups Are Growing At A Rapid Pace Around The World (The Guardian, Aug 11 2020)
Russian Disinformation Networks Detailed in New State Department Report (Defense One, Aug 6 2020)
Follow the Money: How Digital Ads Subsidize the Worst of the Web (Wired, July 28 2020)
and finally, an oldie but a goodie-
What a Kamala Harris Meme Can Teach Us About Fighting Fake News in 2020 (Politicio, March 3 2020)