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Ana Palacio: The only way to stop fake news is to eliminate our demand for it

“Europe has led the way in developing policy responses, such as soft guidelines for industry, national legislation, and strategic communications” writes Ana Palacio for marketwatch.com. Governments, lobby groups, and other interests have long relied on disinformation as a tool of manipulation and control.Beyond introducing falsehoods into public discourse, the spread of disinformation can undermine the possibility of discourse itself, by calling into question actual facts.Early this month, the Atlantic Council organized #DisinfoWeek Europe, a series of strategic dialogues focused on the global challenge of disinformation. Source: marketwatch.com

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The only way to stop fake news is to eliminate our demand for it

“Europe has led the way in developing policy responses, such as soft guidelines for industry, national legislation, and strategic communications” writes Ana Palacio for marketwatch.com. Governments, lobby groups, and other interests have long relied on disinformation as a tool of manipulation and control.Beyond introducing falsehoods into public discourse, the spread of disinformation can undermine the possibility of discourse itself, by calling into question actual facts.Early this month, the Atlantic Council organized #DisinfoWeek Europe, a series of strategic dialogues focused on the global challenge of disinformation. Source: marketwatch.com

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Hack on British charity countering Russian disinformation probed by NCA

“A cyber attack on a charity that received Government funding for an initiative to tackle Russian disinformation is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA)” reports aol.co.uk. The UK-based Institute For Statecraft, which received £2 million this financial year, said there was an investigation into the “theft of data” from it’s Integrity initiative and it had removed all content from its website.A statement on the organisation’s website said it believed the attack was an attempt to “undermine” its attempts to counter the threat to European democracies. Source: aol.co.uk

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U.S. knocked Russian troll operation offline on the day of the 2018 midterm election

“U.S. Senators and pentagon officials declared the IRA election day takedown operation a success” writes Matt Binder for mashable.com. According to by The Washington Post, U.S. Cyber Command launched its “first offensive cyber campaign against Russia” on the day of the 2018 midterm elections.Online platforms like Twitter had significantly its efforts to curb foreign disinformation campaigns and the dissemination of fake news.While the preemptive strikes had an obvious effect on interference around the Midterms, the 2018 election lacked a high-profile presidential race, which galvanized malicious state actors in 2016.The cyber…

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Pinterest strikes back at online disinformation. Are you paying attention, Facebook?

“In the two years since the fake-news problem on Facebook and other major social media networks burst into the spotlight, the companies have taken one dramatic action after another to try to rid themselves of disinformation” writes The Times Editorial for latimes.com. At Facebook, for example, the company deleted more than 2.8 billion bogus accounts from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018; those accounts are the frequent launching pads for spam, scams and fake news. Twitter periodically announced similar crackdowns, such as its takedown of more than 10,000 accounts…

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Culture secretary to meet Mark Zuckerberg in US after snub to MPs

“The culture secretary has flown to meet Mark Zuckerberg in California, despite the Facebook boss refusing to come to the UK to answer questions from a parliamentary committee” writes Jim Waterson for theguardian.com. These could place a legal duty on tech companies to deal with problems ranging from online grooming to targeted harassment campaigns.Zuckerberg has been threatened with being found in contempt of parliament after he refused to answer questions as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s investigation into online disinformation. Source: theguardian.com

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Twitter froze suspicious accounts linked to Iran, Russia, and Venezuela ahead of 2018 U.S. midterms

“Twitter also said that it had removed 418 suspicious accounts with ties to Russia, the majority of which were suspended prior to the 2018 midterms” writes Anna Hensel for venturebeat.com. Today, Twitter released a report dealing some of the unusual activity and disinformation campaigns it spotted before and after the 2018 U.S. midterms.Those accounts sent more Tweets about U.S. politics compared to the other two batches of suspicious accounts, tweeting the #MAGA hashtag (which refers to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan) 38,000 times.Twitter, along with Facebook and Google, had…

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Deepfakes, disinformation among global threats cited at Senate hearing

“Disinformation on social media was a major worry at the 2018 hearing, and it’s only grown in the last year” writes Alfred Ng for cnet.com. But concerns over technology aren’t limited to cyberattacks: Lawmakers also brought up deepfakes, artificial intelligence, disinformation campaigns on social media, and the vulnerability of internet of things devices. Source: cnet.com

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Netflix Billionaire Sorry for Funding Disinformation in Alabama Election

“Billionaire venture capitalist and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman apologized on Wednesday for funding a group responsible for spreading disinformation during the Alabama Senate special election last year, according to the Washington Post” reports axios.com. Between the lines: This is the first time Hoffman has acknowledged that he invested $750,000 in American Engagement Technologies, a group that used misleading Facebook pages and other disinformation tactics to target Republican Roy Moore and boost support for Democrat Doug Jones, who ultimately won the close race. Source: axios.com

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