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28 August, 2019
Polio cases are surging in Pakistan because of false rumors and disinformation

While Nigeria recently celebrated  three years without a single case of polio, Pakistan is facing an alarming surge in new cases. Pakistan has seen over 50 cases of polio this year, kicking off various mass awareness campaigns and a mass immunization program across the country that will give drops to 8.6 million children in 48

23 August, 2019
Disinformation can lead to false memories

Reading a fake news story can lead us to have false memories, according to a new study carried out during the 2018 Irish abortion referendum. Researchers in Ireland and the U.S. teamed up to look at what happens to our memories when we come across disinformation, and conducted the peer-reviewed study during the week leading

21 August, 2019
Social media platforms crack down on China’s disinfo campaign against Hong Kong protests

On Monday, Twitter announced it investigated and removed over 900 China-linked accounts that “were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground.” The statement said these active accounts were part of 200,000 accounts, which were eliminated before they

19 June, 2019
Russia denies meddling in the 2019 European Parliament elections in wake of EU report

Russia has denied participating in a disinformation campaign after the European Commission released a preliminary report, saying it had found evidence that sources from the country meddled in the European elections, which took place at the end of May. The report, published on Friday, found “continued and sustained disinformation activity” by Russian groups to spread

11 June, 2019
Kazakh authorities label protestors “radical elements” as they arrest hundreds

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets angered by the results in Kazakhstan’s snap election which crowned their long-time leader’s hand-picked successor as the new president. So what did the Interior Ministry do? Arrest 600 demonstrators and label them as “radical elements seeking to destabilize society.” Kazakh authorities are using a familiar disinformation playbook

7 June, 2019
Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov arrested amid police controversy

One of Russia’s most prominent investigative journalists was arrested in the center of Moscow Thursday as he was on route to visit a source after police said they found illegal drugs in his backpack. The independent news outlet Meduza, say that the police planted the drugs on their reporter, 36-year-old Ivan Golunov, as a way

6 June, 2019
Under user pressure, YouTube reverses itself about removing discriminatory content

YouTube has announced it will block discriminatory content just a day after it said videos that promoted racism, sexism and religious bigotry did not violate its policy. The move follows a viral Twitter thread posted on May 30th by Carlos Maza, a Vox journalist, who has been targeted by far-right YouTubers for his sexual orientation.

‘Sex with Stalin’ video game ignites fury in Russia

In Russia, a new video game invites users to meet, avenge and ultimately have virtual sex with an avatar of Joseph Stalin. Rather than ironic laughs, the game has sparked an eruption of new controversy in a country with a mixed view of the Soviet dictator’s legacy. The game, rather unimaginatively entitled “Sex with Stalin,”

5 June, 2019
Czech protests target PM over corruption allegations

Czech opposition parties massed supporters across the country Tuesday night to pressure Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign over accusations that he illegally used his political influence to enrich his business empire, allegations brought by the European Commission that Babis has dismissed as “disinformation.” The accusations are laid out in a confidential report written by

29 May, 2019
Russian officials cite new Internet censorship law to get unflattering tax stories deleted online

Russian officials have ordered Klerk.ru, a popular online publication covering tax, accounting and legal issues to take down hundreds of posts critical of federal tax authorities and end all future critical coverage, according to the founder of the website Boris Maltsev. Launched in 2001 as www.law.listtop.ru, the site now known as Klerk.ru has nearly 3

23 May, 2019
As the European elections get underway, Facebook is drowning in fake news

From today until Sunday, European citizens will cast their votes in the European Parliament elections. And in the latest in a succession of damning reports published by US-based activism nonprofit Avaaz, it has emerged that millions of EU citizens have been exposed to far-right disinformation during this year’s campaign. “The results are overwhelming,” the report

22 May, 2019
Team of Russian Journalists quit after two of the members are forced out of a newspaper

The entire politics reporting team at Kommersant, a leading Russian national newspaper, resigned in response to the publication forcing out two of its prominent journalists on Monday. The entire 10-person unit and the deputy managing editor, Gleb Cherkasov, walked out shortly after the newspaper’s special correspondent Ivan Safranov and a politics deputy chief editor, Maksim

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