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DisinfoDocket 17 April

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 17 April
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Good morning! Don't miss:
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* The 'ninjas' fighting climate change denial on Twitter
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  1. US plans to boost tech diplomats deployed to embassies (CyberScoop, 12 April)
  2. The U.S. needs to relearn how to tell its story to the world (Washington Post, 16 April)
LISTEN: Will Banning Social Media Help Kids? What the science says about Utah’s social media ban for teens. (Slate, 16 April)

1. Platforms & Technology

  1. What is ‘algospeak’? Inside the newest version of linguistic subterfuge (The Conversation, 13 April)
  2. ChatGPT and Copyright: The Ultimate Appropriation (Tech Policy Press, 11 April)
  3. Is Substack Notes a ‘Twitter clone’? We asked CEO Chris Best (The Verge, 13 April)
  4. Our response to the Pentagon leaks (Discord, 14 April)
  5. The next generation of platforms grapple with content moderation (Anchor Change, 15 April)
  6. Why can't Twitter and TikTok be easily replaced? Something called 'network effects' (NPR, 12 April)
  7. Conservative social media platform Parler acquired and then immediately shut down by new owner (Mashable, 15 April)


  1. You're Going to Be Able to Subscribe to People on Twitter (CNET, 13 April)
  2. A year ago, Musk asked, ‘Is Twitter dying?’ He may have his answer. (Washington Post, 15 April)
  3. Kremlin Twitter accounts get a boost thanks to Elon Musk (Weaponised Spaces, 15 April)
  4. Twitter releases more political ad data after POLITICO report (Politico, 12 April)
  5. Is Twitter finally dying? Say goodbye to the old Twitter and hello to the new normal. (Vox, 15 April)
  6. Twitter puts 'government-funded media' tag on CBC account (CBC, 16 April)


  1. Meta’s content review in Africa in limbo as moderation partners decry court restrictions (TechCrunch, 14 April)
  2. Purgatory With Perks: They got jobs at Meta. They waited for something—anything!—to do. They got axed. (Slate, 14 April)
  3. Renewing our initial Board Members and Co-Chairs (Meta, April)


  1. How beauty filters like TikTok’s ‘bold glamour’ affect tweens using social media (The Conversation, 14 April)
  2. TikTok can still access data from Australian government devices via app on personal phones, academic warns (Guardian, 13 April)

TikTok bans

  1. Montana Legislature Approves Outright Ban of TikTok (NYT, 14 April)
  2. Why Banning TikTok Would Be a Cybersecurity Disaster (Gizmodo, 16 April)

2. Russia & Ukraine

  1. Russians boasted that just 1% of fake social profiles are caught, leak shows (Washington Post, 16 April)
  2. How Russia became obsessed with fake news (Spectator, 16 April)
  3. YouTube hosted Wagner group’s rap songs (Times, 16 April)
  4. U.S. Steps Up Effort to Fight Against Russian Disinformation (WSJ, 12 April)
  5. Russia calls US intel leaks and Jack Teixeira arrest a ‘planned disinformation campaign’ (iNews, 14 April)
  6. How Putin Became a Hero on African TV (NYT, 13 April)

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