The Moscow Times: Russia to Set Up ‘Fake News Database’

The Moscow Times: Russia to Set Up ‘Fake News Database’. “Alexander Zharov’s regulatory agency, known by the acronym Roskomnadzor, has successfully blocked LinkedIn in Russia and is currently engaged in a yearlong battle to ban access to the popular Telegram messaging app. Roskomnadzor has also ordered news websites to delete content under a Russian law that bans ‘blatant disrespect’ toward the authorities.”

The Atlantic: How to Spot the Latest Disinformation Campaign

The Atlantic: How to Spot the Latest Disinformation Campaign. “There is a very small chance that you came across what appeared to be an Atlantic article about the war in Yemen in September of 2017. The author, according to the byline, was Aria Bendix, a regular global news writer. Every link in the story went to other Atlantic stories. It even included the module shilling low-brow content slurry, which used to appear on Atlantic articles, at the bottom of the page. On first glance, that is to say, you might not have known that you were looking at a counterfeit story, produced as part of a global disinformation campaign that was recently unearthed by the researchers at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.”

New York Times: New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online

New York Times: New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online. “Mr. [Ali] Al-Ahmed had encountered what a new report from Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, says is a pro-Iranian influence operation that used elaborate look-alike websites and social media to spread bogus articles online and to attack Iran’s adversaries. The operation had another innovative maneuver: When the invented reports were picked up by mainstream news organizations, the operators quickly took down the fabrications to make it harder to track the fraud.”

Monday Note: Confusing Facebook With the Internet is the Perfect Storm for Fake News

Monday Note: Confusing Facebook With the Internet is the Perfect Storm for Fake News. “More than one hundred million people in the world do not consider that using Facebook or WhatsApp is surfing the internet. The number is expected to rise sharply in the coming years opening the way to more misinformation.”

Quartz Africa: Despite a low internet penetration, Malawi is worried about fake news in its election run-up

Quartz Africa: Despite a low internet penetration, Malawi is worried about fake news in its election run-up. “As Malawi prepares for national elections to be held on May 21, the country has been hit by a fake news campaign which has quickly spread on social media. While the spread of misinformation is no longer surprising during elections in Africa or elsewhere, Malawi is notable because the southern Africa country has an internet penetration rate of just 14% of its 18 million population. That’s lower than the sub Saharan Africa average of around 22%, based on ITU data.”

Wired: ‘Fake News Victims’ Meet With Twitter and Facebook

Wired: ‘Fake News Victims’ Meet With Twitter and Facebook . “During Tuesday’s meeting with Twitter, the attendees took turns telling their stories. [Jessikka] Aro shared the details of the global smear campaign that was lodged against her, after her reporting outed the Internet Research Agency. She explained the threats that have been made against her life and read a recent direct message she received while traveling in the Czech Republic, in which a stranger threatened to ‘castrate’ her if she ever came back to the country.”