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Coronavirus misinformation is the latest test for social media platforms

Coronavirus misinformation is the latest test for social media platforms

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Enlarge / It's just you and your devices now, in this socially-distanced world we all live in for the time being. Too bad the misinformation campaigns aren't also all on hold. The presidential race has fallen off the top of every front page nationwide in favor of coronavirus coverage, but 2020 is still very much…
“Giant Factory” turns disinformation projects into mentor video game

“Giant Factory” turns disinformation projects into mentor video game

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Enlarge / You, too, can become a Director of Disorder. Yle Half of the battle against disinformation campaigns is educating people about how they work. And that's why the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle—Finland's equivalent of the BBC—has created a game called Troll Factory. The game, which recently won the European Journalism Centre and Google…
A huge disinformation network of copycat phony news websites with names like ‘Bloomberq’ and ‘The Indepnedent’ has actually been pinned on Iran

A huge disinformation network of copycat phony news websites with names...

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Researchers say they have uncovered a vast fake news network impersonating genuine news organizations and using fake social media profiles to spread disinformation. The Canadian Citizen Lab research group, which is part of the University of Toronto, in a report published Tuesday claimed that Iran is behind the program, which it dubbed Endless Mayfly. The…
Report: United States Cyber Command took Russian giants offline throughout midterms

Report: United States Cyber Command took Russian giants offline throughout midterms

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Enlarge / US Cyber Command, co-located with the NSA at Fort Meade, reportedly launched attacks against members of a Russian disinformation operation ahead of last November's mid-term primaries, according to a Washington Post report. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images In October of 2016, US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) undertook a campaign to diffuse information operations by a Russian…

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