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Disinfo Docket 21 February

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
Disinfo Docket 21 February
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Good morning! Below the paywall today -
* RFK Jr. is courting Black voters, a group he once targeted with vaccine disinformation
* Hate speech and calls for genocide in Putin’s Russia
* Fact-checking 7 claims in Rise Mzansi’s election manifesto...


  1. MCA’s WhatsApp Helpline: Curbing The Spread of AI-Generated Misinformation In India (Meta, 19 February)
  2. Russian court sends 19-year-old to compulsory psychiatric treatment for spreading ‘disinformation’ about army (Meduza, 20 February)
  3. Disinformation Threatens Global Elections: here's how to fight back (Psychology Today, 19 February)
  4. US increasingly worried about Kremlin’s disinfo operations in Africa (Politico, 20 February)
  5. EU opens investigation into TikTok over online content and child safeguarding (The Guardian, 20 February)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Right-wing media promote anti-immigrant group’s misleading report to falsely suggest immigrants are stealing American jobs (Media Matters for America, 20 February)
  2. The persuasive effects of social cues and source effects on misinformation susceptibility (Nature, 20 February)
  3. Towards LVLM-Enhanced Multimodal Misinformation Detection with External Knowledge Augmentation (arXiv, 19 February)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. When AI brings ‘ugly things’ to democracy (Coda Story, 15 February)
  2. What is Sora? A new generative AI tool could transform video production and amplify disinformation risks (The Conversation, 20 February)


  1. Meta is fighting deepfakes and misinformation in India ahead of 2024 elections (Mashable, 20 February)


  1. TikTok Is Subject of E.U. Inquiry Over ‘Addictive Design’ (The New York Times, 20 February)
  2. Republican lawmakers call on Biden to delete campaign TikTok account (Yahoo, 20 February)

X (Twitter)

  1. New book reveals the roots of Elon Musk's Twitter takeover (Axios, 20 February)
  2. X briefly suspends account of Alexei Navalny's widow (BBC, 20 February)

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