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Facebook fails to stop Spanish language anti-abortion disinformation, study says

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Anti-abortion Facebook pages with millions of followers are spreading disinformation about abortion to Spanish speakers with little to no intervention from the social media platform, according to a new report from Nar...

Italy launches inquiry into Kremlin disinformation

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An Italian parliamentary committee has begun an investigation into the spread of disinformation, reportedly amid suspicions that some Russian commentators hosted on television networks could be on Vladimir Putin’s pay...

US rightwing figures in step with Kremlin over Ukraine disinformation, experts say

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False and conspiratorial narratives pushed by some American conservative politicians and media figures about Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine have bolstered and created synergies with the Kremlin’s legendary disinf...

The big idea: how to win the fight against disinformation

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In recent years, the internet has become the venue for a general collapse in trust. Trolling, fake news and “doing your own research” have become such a part of public discourse, it’s sometimes easy to imagine that al...

The Guardian view on disinformation: truth is a casualty of Russia’s war

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Vladimir Putin’s regime hunts down the truth and celebrates lies. It threatens to jail those who describe honestly what is happening in Ukraine – a war. It brazenly denies documented attacks upon civilians. It concoct...

‘Bot holiday’: Covid disinformation down as social media pivot to Ukraine

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When David Fisman tweets, he often receives a deluge of hate within moments of posting. Fisman, an epidemiologist and physician, has been outspoken about Covid and public health. Even when he tweets something innocuou...

The Guardian view on megaphone diplomacy: countering Russian disinformation

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Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is the latest western leader to arrive in Moscow – and he may be the last before Russian troops cross into Ukrainian territory. Mr Scholz’s immediate task on Tuesday will be to make ...

Oil industry board members to testify to Congress on climate disinformation

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A US congressional committee has invited board members at four large oil companies to testify in February about the industry’s role in the climate crisis and spreading “disinformation”, turning up the heat on big oil ...

Facebook shut down our research into its role in spreading disinformation

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Last week, Facebook disabled our personal accounts, obstructing the research we lead at New York University to study the spread of disinformation on the company’s platform. The move has already compromised our work – ...

‘They’re killing people’: Biden slams Facebook for Covid disinformation

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Joe Biden says social media platforms such as Facebook “are killing people” for allowing disinformation about coronavirus vaccines to be posted on its platform, as the administration continued criticising the company....

US takes down dozens of Iran-linked news sites, accusing them of disinformation

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US authorities have seized a range of Iran’s state-linked news websites, which they accused of spreading “disinformation” on Tuesday, a US official said, a move that appeared to be a far-reaching crackdown on Iranian ...

Anti-vax group mounts legal blitz to sow disinformation against vaccinations

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Just as the Covid-19 vaccine rollout began in earnest in the United States, the Informed Consent Action Network (Ican) sent its subscribers a “legal update” on its war against employers and schools planning to require...

Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs face disinformation grilling in Congress – live

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Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai called to answer for the role of tech and social media in fueling Capitol violence and extremism

Facebook must tackle ‘Spanish-language disinformation crisis’, lawmakers say

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Members of Congress and activist groups have called on Facebook to address its “Spanish-language disinformation crisis”, urging the company to make major policy changes on the platforms it owns. In a new campaign lau...