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DisinfoDocket 23 January

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 23 January
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  1. The Alarming Rise of Dangerous Speech (The Markup, 21 January)
  2. A Causal Link Between Facebook and Mental Health (Tech Policy Press, 22 January)
  3. 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer (Edelman, January)

1. Platforms & Technology

  1. Trump’s Return to Twitter and Facebook Will Fuel More Political Violence (Mother Jones, 19 January)
  2. If Trump Returns to Twitter and Facebook, His Own Social Media Company Could Be Screwed (Mother Jones, 18 January)
  3. Social media must balance ‘right of free speech’ with audience ‘right to know’ (The Hill, 20 January)
  4. A Coordinated Group Of 4,500 Bots Tweeted In Support Of Andrew Tate (BuzzFeed, 19 January)
  5. WhatsApp Hit with €5.5 Million Fine for Violating Data Protection Laws (Hacker News, 20 January)
  6. Digital platforms warned: tackle disinformation or face regulation (IT News, 20 January)
  7. Malvertising on Google Ads is a growing problem that isn’t going away (Tech Monitor, 18 January)
  8. Right, Capacity and Will in Content Moderation: A Case for User Empowerment (Tech Policy Press, 19 January)
  9. As Deepfakes Flourish, Countries Struggle With Response (NYT, 22 January)


  1. Twitter puts more emphasis on the bookmark feature on iOS (Tech Crunch, 20 January)
  2. What Would Movement Building Lose If It Lost Twitter? (Mozilla, 16 January)
  3. Twitter blocked third-party clients citing old rules. Then it silently added new rules. (Mashable, 20 January)
  4. Attacks on U.S. Jews and gays accelerate as hate speech grows on Twitter (Washington Post, 22 January)


  1. Centralizing Your Apps Settings in Accounts Center (Meta, 19 January)
  2. Oversight Board overturns Meta's original decisions in the "Gender identity and nudity" cases (Meta, January)
  3. Oversight Board Selects Case Regarding A Veiled Threat of Violence Based on Lyrics from a Drill Rap Song (Meta, 20 January)
  4. Instagram just released 'Quiet Mode' — its own version of 'Do not disturb' (Business Insider, 19 January)
  5. Months after Russian invasion, Meta is tweaking its content policies: Meta is taking Azov Regiment off its dangerous organizations list (Washington Post, 21 January)


  1. Why are universities banning TikTok? Campuses are limiting use on school devices and Wi-Fi (USA Today, 19 January)
  2. More universities are banning TikTok from their campus networks and devices (Tech Crunch, 20 January)
  3. TikTok will now tell you if a video is affiliated with state-controlled media (Mashable, 19 January)
  4. As states ban TikTok on government devices, evidence of harm is thin (Washington Post, 20 January)

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