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DisinfoDocket 21 November

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DisinfoDocket 21 November
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Below the paywall this morning:
* More on developments at Twitter and reactions to Musk's stance on content moderation
* Developments at Meta and US fears that TikTok is a security threat
* Concerns that declining content moderation will result in a rise in online hate speach
* and much more!


  1. How to find swarms of fake Twitter followers: Using patterns in follow order, account creation dates, and other attributes to detect inauthentic follower growth (Conspirator Norteño, 18 November)
  2. How to Stand Up to a Dictator by Maria Ressa review – tales of a moral giant (Guardian, 20 November)

1. Platforms & Technology

  1. Database of Tech layoffs by company (Layoffs.fyi)
  2. Cobalt Strike, the tool used by red teams to test the resilience of their cyber defenses has been updated to help the community flag and identify Cobalt Strike’s components and its respective versions. (Google, 18 November)
  3. May I have a word about… the sins of Twitter, Meta and Amazon (Guardian, 20 November)
  4. GAN-tastic satisfied customers: Coupon website coupons.ivoicesoft.com is full of positive reviews from satisfied customers. Unfortunately, neither the reviews nor the customers are real. (Conspirator Norteño, 21 November)
  5. Women more likely to leave tech jobs than men (Computer Weekly, 15 November)


Twitter Alternatives

  1. Post: A social platform for real people, real news and civil conversations (Post)
  2. Is Mastodon Private and Secure? Let’s Take a Look (EFF, 16 November)
LISTEN: Mastodon: The Platform Taking Twitter's Worn and Weary (WNYC, 16 November)

Corporate Governance

  1. Former Twitter employees fear the platform might only last weeks (MIT Technology Review, 18 November)
  2. Elon Musk’s new email pushes Twitter managers to do his dirty work / Remote work will only be allowed if your manager puts their own job on the line — and guesses right. (The Verge, 17 November)
  3. Democrats fear Musk may retaliate against Twitter researchers (Washington Post, 18 November)
  4. 11 (and counting) things journalism loses if Elon Musk destroys Twitter (NiemanLab, 18 November)
  5. Navigating Elon Musk’s Twitterpocalypse (NiemanReports, 18 November)
  6. Elon Musk Has Inherited Twitter’s India Problem (Time, 11 November)
  7. Does Twitter, under Elon Musk, Need Government Regulation? (Boston University, 18 November)
  8. Elon Musk has said he’ll stop Twitter from becoming a ‘hellscape.’ Yet he’s the one who gets to decide between that and heaven (The Record, 20 November)

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