The 2020 election was riddled with misinformation floating around the web and spreading rapidly through social media platforms as companies like Twitter and Facebook scrambled to add warnings to misleading posts. Although their efforts were not unfounded, there is still evidence of disinformation campaigns targeting certain groups and states. Zignal
Facebook has recently updated its misinformation policy regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including vaccine-related content. Following its election cycle failure, the company is seeking to fight against claims that it isn’t implementing enough measures to protect its massive user base. Facebook stated yesterday that it plans to remove false claims and
Facebook failed to put fact-check labels on 60% of the most viral posts containing Georgia election misinformation
According to non-profit research group Avaaz, Facebook failed to add fact check labels to the majority of virtual posts containing misinformation about elections, particularly in Georgia, despite a multitude of promises that the company would focus on combatting fake news this election cycle. This could have swayed Georgia voters and
The FBI has conceded that Iran and Russia have obtained access to US voter information amid an email espionage attempt to intimidate Democratic voters ahead of the election. Both countries have denied accusations of election interference with Iran adding that it makes no difference for them who wins in November.
On Tuesday, House lawmakers proposed a bill that would require tech companies to be responsible for their algorithms’ promotion or amplification of extremist content interfering with civil rights. The legislation is called the Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act and would apply to companies with more than 50 million users,
On Thursday, Democratic Congressmen introduced legislation that would give $1 million to the National Science Foundation to aid in their probe, which is investigating how online disinformation disrupted the US public response to COVID-19. The study would be mandated if the legislation were to pass, authorized by the COVID-19 Disinformation
Researchers are increasingly investigating the origins and distribution of deepfakes, fake content that is generated using deep neural networks to appear real. With the US presidential election upcoming, academic and industry researchers are seeking to prevent the spread of misinformation through deepfakes. Researchers have found success in focusing on unnatural
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Viral misinformation and disinformation campaigns cause otherwise intelligent human beings to make poor choices. You already know that.
But the most harmful consequence is more subtle and more pernicious: civic paralysis. The bad information befuddles our intuitions and teaches us that we can’t really figure out what we need to know in order to make a good choice in any given situation.
That means that voters don’t vote. Consumers turn away from trusted brands. Readers opt for simple confirmation of beliefs, rather than tolerate nuance. Customers won’t take risks on new products. Even leaders in positions of authority, when paralyzed by misinformation, throw up their hands and give up. The problem, as old as human beings, now seems too big, too easily scaled up, too epiphenomenal to try to tackle.
How can decision-makers function in an environment when the barrier of entry to gaming any set of facts is so low? How can you communicate your story clearly, cleverly, and with confidence that your adversaries, competitors, opponents, personal trolls and random enemies, won’t block your way? How can you avoid the traps that make your business, your message, your story uniquely susceptible to a disinformation campaign?
In a Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that “there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to this country right now than China.” Wray also warned that Russia is still “absolutely intent” on interfering in the 2020 US presidential election.
Once again, Twitter has purged thousands of inauthentic user accounts connected to influence operations. A total of 4,779 accounts were removed, many of which were tied to the Iranian regime, while a few were linked to Russia. According to the social media platform, more than 1,600 of the fraudulent accounts