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DisinfoDocket 3 April

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 3 April
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1. Platforms & Technology

  1. How a tiny company with few rules is making fake images go mainstream (Washington Post, 30 March)
  2. The AI industry really should slow down a little (Platformer, 31 March)
  3. Some thoughts on the current state of AI from a disinformation research perspective (Conspirator Norteño, 31 March)
  4. Like a Stopped Clock, Elon Musk Is Right About AI (Barron’s, 31 March)
  5. Lemon8 is a Chinese-owned app. Can it survive the hype cycle? (Washington Post, 1 April)
  6. AI has much to offer humanity. It could also wreak terrible harm. It must be controlled (Guardian, 2 April)


  1. Elon Musk’s Twitter pushes hate speech, extremist content into ‘For You’ pages (Washington Post, 30 March)
  2. The Twitter I Love Doesn’t Exist Anymore: At its best, the platform was a reminder that there are quick-witted and even wise people in the world with ideas to share. (The Atlantic, 1 April)
  3. Concern Twitter changes could spark surge in misinformation (Global News, 1 April)

Open Source Code

  1. Elon Musk’s open source Twitter code is ‘completely dishonest’ and akin to misinformation because it lacks vital data to understand it, say critics (Fortune, 2 April)
  2. Twitter posts the code it claims determines which tweets people see, and why (Ars Technica, 31 March)
  3. Elon Musk says Twitter will open source 'literally everything' as parts of code now public (The National, 1 April)

Verification & Twitter Blue

  1. Twitter is confusing certification with building a client list (RSF, 1 April)
  2. Twitter’s $1,000 checkmark will be free for the 10,000 most-followed companies: The platform’s top 500 advertisers also reportedly won’t have to pay to have a golden verified check logo on their profiles. (The Verge, 31 March)
  3. Celebrities don’t want to pay Elon for a blue check (TechCrunch, 31 March)
  4. Twitter’s blue check mark was loved and loathed. Now it’s pay for play. (Washington Post, 31 March)
  5. Twitter legacy verified checkmarks now indistinguishable from Twitter Blue subscribers - and people aren't happy (Sky, 3 April)
  6. Twitter legacy blue ticks remain despite Elon Musk’s subscription threat (Guardian, 3 April)
  7. Twitter strikes New York Times’ verified badge on Elon Musk’s orders (Washington Post, 2 April)

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