The First News: Auschwitz museum accuses Russia of ‘gross’ propaganda over fake social media posts

The First News: Auschwitz museum accuses Russia of ‘gross’ propaganda over fake social media posts . “The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum has accused Russia of targeting it with ‘primitive and gross’ propaganda. The museum said that social media posts claiming to show anti-Russian stickers placed around the site of the former WWII German death camp were fake and a ‘manipulation.’”

EurekAlert: How technology can detect fake news in videos

EurekAlert: How technology can detect fake news in videos. “Researchers from the K-riptography and Information Security for Open Networks (KISON) and the Communication Networks & Social Change (CNSC) groups of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) have launched a new project to develop innovative technology that, using artificial intelligence and data concealment techniques, should help users to automatically differentiate between original and adulterated multimedia content, thus contributing to minimizing the reposting of fake news.”

MIT Technology Review: Facebook is bombarding cancer patients with ads for unproven treatments

MIT Technology Review: Facebook is bombarding cancer patients with ads for unproven treatments. “Evidence from Facebook and Instagram users, medical researchers, and its own Ad Library suggests that Meta is rife with ads containing sensational health claims, which the company directly profits from. The misleading ads may remain unchallenged for months and even years. Some of the ads reviewed by MIT Technology Review promoted treatments that have been proved to cause acute physical harm in some cases. Other ads pointed users toward highly expensive treatments with dubious outcomes.”

Brookings Institution: Russia’s narratives about its invasion of Ukraine are lingering in Africa

Brookings Institution: Russia’s narratives about its invasion of Ukraine are lingering in Africa. “The information spaces in Africa and other regions of the Global South like India and China have been heavily targeted by Russian disinformation and propaganda campaigns in recent months and years. In the case of Africa at this moment, Russia’s objectives are not only to justify its invasion of Ukraine, but to sway African countries to support Russia’s actions and secure Russia’s influence over the region, especially as the country becomes increasingly isolated from the United States and Europe.”

CNET: Twitch, YouTube Debaters Are Talking People Out of Dangerous Conspiracy Theories

CNET: Twitch, YouTube Debaters Are Talking People Out of Dangerous Conspiracy Theories. “Debaters like [Hunter] Avallone spend hours each day discussing politics and current events, often pulling their viewers from the brink of the misinformation abyss. They’ve become an informal part of an alliance of fact-checkers and researchers who are fighting to promote facts about COVID-19, election security and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

Poynter: YouTube takes flak on the third day of GlobalFact

Poynter: YouTube takes flak on the third day of GlobalFact. “YouTube came under fire in Oslo on Friday during a ‘fireside chat’ at GlobalFact 9, a large fact-checking conference hosted by the International Fact-Checking Network. During the Q&A, multiple fact-checkers in the audience criticized the tech giant for a failure to enforce quality standards, a general lack of communication and an alleged failure to act on mis- and disinformation on its platform.”

Bleeping Computer: Russia fines Google for spreading ‘unreliable’ info defaming its army

Bleeping Computer: Russia fines Google for spreading ‘unreliable’ info defaming its army. “Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications watchdog, has fined Google 68 million rubles (roughly $1.2 million) for helping spread what it called ‘unreliable’ information on the war in Ukraine and the failure to remove it from its platforms.”

New York Times: As Midterms Loom, Elections Are No Longer Top Priority for Meta C.E.O.

New York Times: As Midterms Loom, Elections Are No Longer Top Priority for Meta C.E.O.. “Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, made securing the 2020 U.S. election a top priority. He met regularly with an election team, which included more than 300 people from across his company, to prevent misinformation from spreading on the social network. He asked civil rights leaders for advice on upholding voter rights. The core election team at Facebook, which was renamed Meta last year, has since been dispersed. “

WIRED: Meta Made Millions in Ads From Networks of Fake Accounts

WIRED: Meta Made Millions in Ads From Networks of Fake Accounts. “Between July 2018 and April 2022, Meta made at least $30.3 million in ad revenue from networks it removed from its own platforms for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB), data compiled by WIRED shows. Margarita Franklin, head of security communications at Meta, confirmed to WIRED that the company does not return the ad money if a network is taken down. Franklin clarified that some of the money came from adverts that didn’t break the company’s rules, but were published by the same public relations or marketing organizations later banned for participating in CIB operations.”

CNET: Meta to Scrap Tool Researchers Use to Track Misinformation Online, Report Says

CNET: Meta to Scrap Tool Researchers Use to Track Misinformation Online, Report Says. “CrowdTangle, a tool owned by Facebook parent Meta that monitors content on the internet, has played a vital role in disrupting misinformation on social media, but it reportedly won’t be around for much longer. Meta plans to shut down the platform, though no concrete date has been set, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday.”

Poynter: Fact-checkers extend their global reach with 391 outlets, but growth has slowed

Poynter: Fact-checkers extend their global reach with 391 outlets, but growth has slowed. “Since last year’s census, we have added 51 sites to our global fact-checking map and database. In that same 12 months, another seven fact-checkers closed down. While this vital journalism now appears in at least 69 languages on six continents, the pace of growth in the international fact-checking community has slowed over the past several years.”

iNews: How Russia’s propaganda machine has adapted to a long war in Ukraine, explained by data

iNews: How Russia’s propaganda machine has adapted to a long war in Ukraine, explained by data. “Just like the country’s military, Russia’s vast propaganda machine has had to adapt to the realities of a long and protracted war in Ukraine rather than the lightning-fast victory the Kremlin expected.”

PsyPost: New study examines the link between Trump’s offline speeches and QAnon-related Twitter discourse on January 6

PsyPost: New study examines the link between Trump’s offline speeches and QAnon-related Twitter discourse on January 6. “New research sheds light on how Donald Trump’s offline rhetoric might have mobilized online political discussions related to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The findings have been published in the journal Frontiers in Sociology.”

Vice: Trump Uses His New Social Media Site to Share QAnon Content

Vice: Trump Uses His New Social Media Site to Share QAnon Content. “At the start of February, the team behind former President Donald Trump’s news social media platform, Truth Social, was scrambling to get things ready for the big launch later that month…. Now, four months later, the platform is overrun with QAnon content, pushed by multiple QAnon influencers who have been given verified profiles on the platform. And now, Trump himself is boosting the QAnon content, resharing dozens of posts containing QAnon imagery, phrases, or memes.”