Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories (Yahoo News)

Yahoo News: Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories. “Foreign-based actors, principally in China and Russia, are spreading online disinformation rooted in QAnon conspiracy theories, fueling a movement that has become a mounting domestic terrorism threat, according to new analysis of online propaganda by a security firm. The analysis by the Soufan Center, a New York-based research firm focused on national security threats, found that nearly one-fifth of 166,820 QAnon-related Facebook posts between January 2020 and the end of February 2021 originated from overseas administrators.”

The Diplomat: Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media

The Diplomat: Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media. “When China-linked networks of social media bots and trolls appeared on the global disinformation scene in 2019, most analysts concluded that their impact and reach were fairly limited, particularly in terms of engagement by real users and relative to more sophisticated actors in this realm, like the Russian regime. As many China watchers anticipated, that assessment now seems to be changing.”

From COVID-19 vaccine to Jan. 6 siege, America’s adversaries continue to stoke online misinformation: DHS (ABC News)

ABC News: From COVID-19 vaccine to Jan. 6 siege, America’s adversaries continue to stoke online misinformation: DHS. “After a year that saw foreign governments trying to interfere with U.S. elections and cause chaos amid a pandemic, America’s adversaries continue to try to weaken the nation by stoking divisions on issues ranging from the COVID-19 vaccine to the Jan. 6 siege, a new intelligence bulletin obtained by ABC News warns.”

Slate: Non-English Editions of Wikipedia Have a Misinformation Problem

Slate: Non-English Editions of Wikipedia Have a Misinformation Problem . “During World War II, Unit 731 of the Japanese military undertook horrific medical experimentation in Manchukuo (Northeast China). Among other things, members of Unit 731 intentionally infected people with the plague as part of an effort to develop bioweapons. The unit’s crimes have been well documented. But if you read the Japanese Wikipedia page on Unit 731 in January, you wouldn’t get the full story. The article said that it is ‘a theory’ that human experiments actually took place. It was just one example of the whitewashing of war crimes on Japanese Wikipedia, as I discovered when I was researching the war.”

Ukrinform: Information policy ministry to create online museum of Russian propaganda in Ukraine

Ukrinform: Information policy ministry to create online museum of Russian propaganda in Ukraine. “The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy plans to create an online museum of Russian propaganda in Ukraine, Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko has said. He stated this on the Ukraine 24 television channel, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.”

CyberScoop: FBI alert warns of Russian, Chinese use of deepfake content

CyberScoop: FBI alert warns of Russian, Chinese use of deepfake content. “The FBI warned in an alert Wednesday that malicious actors ‘almost certainly’ will be using deepfakes to advance their influence or cyber-operations in the coming weeks. The alert notes that foreign actors are already using deepfakes or synthetic media — manipulated digital content like video, audio, images and text — in their influence campaigns.”

Wall Street Journal: Russian Disinformation Campaign Aims to Undermine Confidence in Pfizer, Other Covid-19 Vaccines, U.S. Officials Say

Wall Street Journal: Russian Disinformation Campaign Aims to Undermine Confidence in Pfizer, Other Covid-19 Vaccines, U.S. Officials Say. “Russian intelligence agencies have mounted a campaign to undermine confidence in Pfizer Inc.’s and other Western vaccines, using online publications that in recent months have questioned the vaccines’ development and safety, U.S. officials said. An official with the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, which monitors foreign disinformation efforts, identified four publications that he said have served as fronts for Russian intelligence.”

The Verge: Russian intelligence reportedly used fake news sites to spread misinformation about coronavirus vaccines

The Verge: Russian intelligence reportedly used fake news sites to spread misinformation about coronavirus vaccines. “Four online publications linked to Russian intelligence agencies have been spreading false or misleading information about coronavirus vaccines, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an official at the US Department of State’s Global Engagement Center.”

Washington Post: When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war

Washington Post: When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war. “Saudi-based Twitter accounts using fake profile pictures, repetitive wording and spammy tactics sought to undermine the conclusion by U.S. intelligence officials, made public Friday, that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘approved’ the operation that led to the killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.”

Business Insider: Google has pulled down a propaganda blog backing the military coup in Myanmar after outcry by online activists

Business Insider: Google has pulled down a propaganda blog backing the military coup in Myanmar after outcry by online activists. “Google has pulled down a propaganda blog supporting the military coup in Myanmar after the blog was discovered by an online activist this week. The blog was managed and hosted via the Google-owned Blogger platform under the URL seniorgeneralminaunghlaing.com, taking its name from the Myanmar military leader who has seized control of the country.”

MisinfoCon: An introduction to Propwatch — the world’s first visual database of propaganda techniques

MisinfoCon: An introduction to Propwatch — the world’s first visual database of propaganda techniques. “Propwatch uses its pioneering web platform to initiate the inoculation process. Our unique platform catalogs and cross-references embedded video segments, so visitors… can see propaganda techniques being executed in real-time, and not only learn to identify the techniques, but to understand how and why they work.”