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DisinfoDocket 3 July

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
DisinfoDocket 3 July
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Good morning! Don't miss -
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* The Psychology of Conspiracy Theorists: More Than Just Paranoia 


  1. A new science: Using physics to understand hate groups on the internet (The Hindu, 30 June)
  2. Read Media Matters’ public comment calling on Meta to address anti-abortion misinformation on Facebook and Instagram (Media Matters, 30 June)
  3. Why Twitter’s Community Notes feature mostly fails to combat misinformation (Poynter, 30 June)
  4. Fact-checking needs to ‘become a mindset, a lifestyle among Filipinos’ – expert (Rappler, 30 June)

1. Academia & Research

  1. Researchers Study the Potential Disinformation of AI Models (Analytic Insight, 30 June)
  2. Why so many people have had enough of experts – and how to win back trust (The Conversation, 28 June)
  3. #FIX2020: these election deniers do not exist (Conspirador Norteño, 2 July)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. 'Post-Twitter' decentralized social media struggles for way forward (Nikkei Asia, 1 July)
  2. Uncensored Chatbots Provoke a Fracas Over Free Speech (NYT, 2 July)
  3. The Telegram Mutiny (Time, 27 June)
  4. YouTube cracks down on North Korean vloggers presenting regime’s ‘likeable’ face (Financial Times, 1 July)


  1. Bluesky temporarily halts sign-ups because so many people are joining from Twitter  (The Verge, 1 July)
  2. Bluesky Continues To Explore More Creative Moderation Plans Openly (TechDirt, 30 June)


  1. Meta’s new parental tools will not protect vulnerable children, experts say (Guardian, 1 July)
  2. Meta’s Nick Clegg on how AI is reshaping the feed (The Verge, 30 June)
  3. Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen: “I wouldn’t wish Mark Zuckerberg’s life on anyone”: In 2021 she shone a light on misinformation and online harm. Now she’s “extremely worried” about Big Tech’s impact on the 2024 US election. (New Statesman, 1 July)
  4. Visual misinformation is widespread on Facebook – and often undercounted by researchers (The Conversation, 30 June)
  5. Meta Asked by Senators to Detail Efforts to Prevent Sharing of Child Sexual-Abuse Material (WSJ, 30 June)


  1. Twitter seeing 'record user engagement'? The data tells a different story (ZDNet, 30 June)
  2. India court rejects Twitter’s lawsuit against gov’t challenging block orders (Tech Crunch, 30 June)
  3. Twitter now requires an account to view tweets (Tech Crunch, 30 June)
  4. Twitter applies temporary limits on how many Tweets people can read, Elon Musk announces (iNews, 1 July)

3. Russia & Ukraine

  1. Russia's War, Pandemic Underscore Threats Posed By Disinformation, OECD Says (Radio Free Europe, 30 June)
  2. Prigozhin told the truth about Putin’s war in Ukraine (The Intercept, 1 July)
  3. Wagner’s Patriot media empire closes following Yevgeny Prigozhin’s exile (Times, 2 July)
  4. what about the trolls? putin's informational assets post prigozhin coup (wiczipedia, 1 July)
  5. Russian election-meddling ‘troll factory’ reportedly shut down after Wagner revolt (Recorded Future, 30 June)

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