This Week, foreign actors up their Disinformation game while private organizations around the world fight back with resources, guides, and clarifications on hot button issues. Speaking of games, have you played the “Bad News Game?” It’s a simulation meant to help players develop a better understanding of the news landscape and how it manipulates them (below). Now, you too can be a master of Disinformation!
As always, we hope these articles inspire and inform – and please, share your thoughts and ideas with us on Twitter @DisinfoIndex. We’d love to hear from you!
A Grassroots Effort to Fight Misinformation during the Pandemic (Scientific American, Sept 18 2020)
Twitter Expects Changes to Misinformation Labels Through Election Day (Wall Street Journal, Sept 18 2020)
FBI Director Warns of ‘Drumbeat’ of Russian Disinformation, Stoking the Ire of President Trump (Voice Of America, Sept 18 2020)
Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing — and often hidden. Is help on the way? (Nieman Lab, Sept 18 2020)
Political Divides, Conspiracy Theories and Divergent News Sources Heading Into 2020 Election (Pew Research Center, Sept 16 2020)
‘The difference is QAnon’: how a conspiratorial hate campaign upended California politics (The Guardian, Sept 16 2020)
Foreign, domestic disinformation deepens U.S. fissures (Axios, Sept 16, 2020)
Kim Kardashian West joins Facebook and Instagram boycott (BBC News, Sept 15 2020)
QAnon Website Shuts Down After N.J. Man Identified as Operator (Bloomberg, Sept 11 2020)
-And last but not least: This game exposes players to fake news tactics used against them by putting them in the position of a news baron for fake news. Players win by publishing headlines that attract the most followers. (Bad News Game)