EurekAlert: Russian trolls on Twitter polarized vaccination during 2016 election cycle

EurekAlert: Russian trolls on Twitter polarized vaccination during 2016 election cycle. “During the 2016 election cycle, politically polarizing tweets by Russian trolls about vaccination included pro- and anti-vaccination messages targeted at people with specific political inclinations through an assortment of fake persona types, according to a new analysis published this month.”

Phys .org: How social media makes it difficult to identify real news

Phys .org: How social media makes it difficult to identify real news. “There’s a price to pay when you get your news and political information from the same place you find funny memes and cat pictures, new research suggests. The study found that people viewing a blend of news and entertainment on a social media site tended to pay less attention to the source of content they consumed—meaning they could easily mistake satire or fiction for real news.”

Wired: Coronavirus lies are going viral. It’s essential we all fight back

Wired: Coronavirus lies are going viral. It’s essential we all fight back. “Once again, the agents of disinformation are hijacking the algorithms of social media to sow chaos and confusion. Some are doing so to make money, others more maliciously to undermine public trust in our governments and institutions. As the coronavirus lockdowns continue, and the infection rates continue to rise, these problems will only get worse. At a time when people need to be able to rely on accurate public information, this problem is more serious than ever.”

Tech Times: Social Media Misinformation That Led to 300 Deaths in Iran Claimed That Drinking Methanol was a Cure for COVID-19

Tech Times: Social Media Misinformation That Led to 300 Deaths in Iran Claimed That Drinking Methanol was a Cure for COVID-19. “300 Iranians have died and at least 1,000 became sick from poisoning after drinking methanol. This was because of misinformation being passed around saying that it was a cure for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.”

Defense One: How to Counter China’s Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign

Defense One: How to Counter China’s Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign. “Whether we like it or not, the United States is engaged on a new battlefield defined by the ‘speed, spread, and accessibility of information,’ as P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking write in their prescient book, Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media. But our government does not appear to have received the memo. As a result, we’re losing the global war over the narrative about COVID-19 in the midst of a global pandemic. And there is much more at stake than words.”

The Conversation: How to address coronavirus misinformation spreading through messaging apps and email

The Conversation: How to address coronavirus misinformation spreading through messaging apps and email. “During times of crisis, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, people need access to reliable information in order to keep themselves safe, manage risk and avoid becoming a burden on others or health-care systems. However, ensuring that people have access to the right information when they need it has become a major challenge due to widespread digital misinformation.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Social media awash with fake treatments for coronavirus

Sydney Morning Herald: Social media awash with fake treatments for coronavirus. “Drinking bleach, snorting cocaine, smoking and consuming alcohol will not treat or prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Nor is there any evidence supporting the use of the anti-malarial drugs mentioned by Trump. Yet the list of quack remedies grows as the deadly disease sickens and kills thousands of people around the world.”