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The Pipeline

Disinformation networks sit atop the internet, ready to churn out conspiracy theories and flood the news cycle.

Disinformation Pipeline

Engagement with Deceptive Sites on Facebook and Twitter Dropped in the...

05/25/21

Engagement with content from deceptive sites on Facebook and Twitter retreated from last year’s historic highs during the first three months of 2021....

Opinion: Facebook and Twitter can do something about deceptive news. So...

02/01/21

IF IT looks like a news site, publishes like a news site and posts like a news site, is it a news site? Don’t count on it. A study from the German Marshall...

Scoop: Verified tweeters smashed records sharing deceptive content

01/28/21

Verified accounts on Twitter shared more content from deceptive websites than ever in 2020, according to new research from the German Marshall Fund shared...

Social Media Engagement with Deceptive Sites Reached Record Highs in 2020

01/27/21

On January 6, a mob stormed the Capitol over false claims of voter fraud. Those false claims spread widely on social media: Facebook and Twitter have been...

New Study by Digital New Deal Finds Engagement with Deceptive Outlets Higher...

10/12/20

Four years ago, the country was learning about disinformation and the impact it can have on U.S. (and world) elections. Since then, social media platforms...

On Facebook, Misinformation Is More Popular Now Than in 2016

10/12/20

During the 2016 presidential election, Russian operatives used Facebook , Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms to spread disinformation...

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Climate

The Technology 202: How social media helped fuel false claims about Texas...

02/23/21

Conservatives' false claims that frozen wind turbines caused mass power outages in Texas started with a photo taken out of context on Twitter.     New...

How the Disinformation Supply Chain Created a Deceptive Narrative about...

02/19/21

Severe weather hobbled the electrical grid in Texas last week, but it did not hobble the United States’ disinformation supply chain. In just a few days,...

Disinformation about Oregon Wildfires Still Circulating in Private Facebook...

09/16/20

Last week, a debunked conspiracy theory linking the Oregon wildfires to Antifa groups began circulating online. The conspiracy was disseminated by accounts...

Exclusive: False fire rumors keep spreading on Facebook despite ban

09/16/20

Conspiracy theories about the origin of fires in Oregon are still spreading through private Facebook groups days after the social media giant announced...

Targeting Greta Thunberg: A Case Study in Online Mis/Disinformation

07/22/20

The German Marshall Fund’s Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative worked with MediaCloud to examine misinformation and disinformation related to...

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PUBLIC HEALTH

Biden’s Battle Against Vaccine Hesitancy

04/30/21

In his Joint Address to Congress, President Biden averred that he was “marshalling every federal resource” to vaccinate the population and put an end...

Attacks on Fauci grow more intense, personal and conspiratorial

04/06/21

For over a year, Anthony Fauci has been a bogeyman for conservatives, who have questioned his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and accused him of quietly...

The Technology 202: Facebook removes some pages appearing to coordinate...

12/09/20

Facebook just took down prominent pages that were directing their millions of followers to false claims about the coronavirus , the flu vaccine, and other...

Health Sites Built Coordinated Networks of Facebook Pages to Spread False...

12/09/20

A number of health websites with a history of publishing false content about vaccines and other topics have built coordinated networks on Facebook to increase...

Fighting COVID misinformation

10/23/20

In July, a video entitled ‘America’s frontline doctors’ was a runaway train racing across the major digital platforms. The video – hosted on ‘opinion’...

The Rise of the Parapolitical Sites as the Leading False-Content Producers

05/01/20

Misinformation and disinformation are polluting the digital information ecosystem. As the World Health Organization declares an “infodemic,” much of...

Five Steps to Combat the Infodemic

03/26/20

GMF’s Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative released on March 24 a Policy Roadmap to safeguard the information ecosystem. Access to reliable information...

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EXTREMISM

Islamophobia and Gab: From Fringe Platforms to Mainstream Social Media

04/22/20

Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an enormous amount of attention has been focused on the need to investigate “coordinated inauthentic behavior”...

It’s Time to Crack Down on White Supremacist Havens like 8chan

08/16/19

Since March of this year, at least three mass shootings were announced on the website 8chan with screeds seemingly designed to spread dangerous ideology....

Tech Companies Must Fight White Supremacy, Regardless of Political Dangers

08/07/19

Responding to the recent bloodshed in El Paso and elsewhere, President Trump laid heavy blame on the internet and then invited social media companies to...

To Defeat White Supremacy, We Need an International Effort

07/18/19

At the June  2019 G20 summit, Vladamir Putin proclaimed liberal democracy is “obsolete,” and has “outlived its purpose.” Putin was echoing points...

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Elections

Effectiveness of Online Political Ad Disclosure Labels: Empirical Findings

03/08/21

Read the Full Study on the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law Website

How Well Did Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Handle Election Misinformation?

11/10/20

In the early hours of the Wednesday after Election Day, as President Donald Trump inaccurately claimed victory in several states and leveled charges that...

Facebook Takes Action as Reopen Groups Morph Again to Share Voter Fraud...

11/06/20

As the election results continue to be counted, allegations of voter fraud and conspiracies maintaining that the election was stolen are circulating online....

Is it time for a new agency to oversee Big Tech? Many say yes

10/23/20

The Justice Department's decision to sue Google this week elicited mixed reactions, but there's one point on which everyone agreed: The antitrust case...

Bulldozing the Public Square

10/01/20

Read the Article at Democracy Journal (External Site) The Breitbart-hosted conspiracy theory video, “America’s Frontline Doctors,” was viewed over...

Social Media Platforms Need to Flatten the Curve of Dangerous Misinformation

08/21/20

On Thursday, Casey Newton reported that Facebook is piloting a circuit breaker to stop viral spread of posts in some circumstances. Such a tool, if it...

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