New York Times: I Followed Some of Brazil’s Right-Wing Telegram Groups. I Found a Tide of Madness.

New York Times: I Followed Some of Brazil’s Right-Wing Telegram Groups. I Found a Tide of Madness.. “In Brazil, fake news seems to be something that the population at large seems to fall victim to — Telegram just offers the sort of deepest rabbit hole you can go down. So I knew — from horrible, eye-sapping experience — that for many right-wing activists, fake news has become an article of faith, a weapon of war, the surest way of muddling the public discussion.”

From comedian to wartime leader: How President Zelenskyy is helping Ukraine win the information war (ABC News)

ABC News: From comedian to wartime leader: How President Zelenskyy is helping Ukraine win the information war. “LONDON — Just after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was offered the chance by the U.S. government to leave the city of Kyiv for his own safety. What he is said to have responded has come to embody the defiance of the former comedic actor turned wartime leader: ‘The fight is here,’ he reportedly said, ‘I need ammunition, not a ride.’”

The Robesonian: Social media causes controversial start to one-stop voting

The Robesonian: Social media causes controversial start to one-stop voting. “An investigation is underway after a Facebook page presenting itself as the Robeson County Board of Elections posted a cover photo with the words ‘re-elect John Cantey.’ The post comes at the start of one-stop early voting which began Thursday and will run through May 14. John Cantey is running for re-election to his Lumberton City Council seat, in which he represents Precinct 5 residents.”

Princeton University: New scholarly database documents the rise in publicly identifying LGBTQI+ elected officials across the globe

Princeton University: New scholarly database documents the rise in publicly identifying LGBTQI+ elected officials across the globe. “Ranging from the few ‘out’ officials in the time of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk until now, the database in the new Queer Politics website shows the steady growth of people in office who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, gender-non-conforming, queer and intersex. ”

Times of Malta: Hackers target politicians’ social media accounts, police issue warning

Times of Malta: Hackers target politicians’ social media accounts, police issue warning. “The police said they had received reports of fake social media accounts pretending to belong to politicians on Saturday, days after advising users to take extra precautions online. Politicians and individuals who are in the public eye have fallen victim to hackers, and fake Instagram and Facebook accounts have been set up to emulate them, the police said. No further details were given. “

Coconuts Manila: Washington Post journalist details social media attacks after report exposing Marcos ‘online revisionism project’ goes live

Coconuts Manila: Washington Post journalist details social media attacks after report exposing Marcos ‘online revisionism project’ goes live. “Washington Post reporter Regine Cabato shared that she had been targeted by social media accounts defending Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. immediately after her story detailing efforts to rehabilitate the Marcos family’s image and bolster his campaign through online propaganda went live. The report chronicled findings from her months of investigative work tailing pro-Marcos accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube, as well as interviews with insiders who explained what the going rates were for troll farm and social media moderators tasked with spewing pro-Marcos messages.”

Coconuts Manila: Non-profit launches digital library of Marcos-era independent publications to fight historical disinformation

Coconuts Manila: Non-profit launches digital library of Marcos-era independent publications to fight historical disinformation. “In order to combat the disinformation networks that are working hard to rewrite the Philippines’ history, the non-profit organization Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument to the Heroes) has launched a digital library that features an archive of independent and alternative publications that were in circulation during the years that President Ferdinand Marcos kept the country under martial law.”

South China Morning Post: Supporters of Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee accuse Google of interfering in poll after YouTube pulls his channel

South China Morning Post: Supporters of Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee accuse Google of interfering in poll after YouTube pulls his channel. “Online video platform YouTube cancelled Hong Kong’s sole chief executive candidate John Lee Ka-chiu’s campaign channel on Wednesday as it emerged that Facebook had restricted his user status, both citing compliance with United States sanction laws but earning a rebuke from the leadership contender who accused the US of bullying.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Clearer disclosure of political advertising needed on social media

Sydney Morning Herald: Clearer disclosure of political advertising needed on social media. “While all political ads on television, radio and in print are required to clearly disclose who has paid for them, it is much harder for the Australian Electoral Commission to monitor the fine line between political content and advertising on social media. The sheer volume of political content on social media is astonishing: the Australian politics hashtag, #auspol, on TikTok has generated 447 million views alone. And Twitter is a constant stream of political wise-cracks, putdowns and promos.”

NewsWise: Brazilian study finds COVID-19 cases and deaths higher in areas with electoral support for President Bolsonaro

NewsWise: Brazilian study finds COVID-19 cases and deaths higher in areas with electoral support for President Bolsonaro. “In a study to be presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Lisbon, Portugal (23-26 April), researchers from Sociedade Mineira de Infectologia and Associação Mineira de Epidemiologia e Controle de Infecções show a correlation between the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s denialist attitude to COVID-19 and higher COVID-19 incidence and mortality.”