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Disinfo Docket 8 April

DisinfoDocket curates influence operations-related academic research, news, events and job opportunities.
Disinfo Docket 8 April
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  1. Is Generative AI the Answer for the Failures of Content Moderation? (Just Security, 3 April)
  2. Our Approach to Labeling AI-Generated Content and Manipulated Media (Meta, 5 April)
  3. Meta’s political content policy ‘risks undermining democratic engagement’ (Independent, 6 April)

1. Academia & Research

  1. WonkComms+AI Survey to connect think tank communicators to the advice, support and case studies they might find useful to adopt AI responsibly in their work. (Survey)

2. Platforms & Technology

  1. Progressive advocacy groups face diminished digital influence: Meta’s withdrawal from politics and the rise of TikTok has reduced some legacy organizations’ online distribution (FWIW, 5 April)
  2. Big Tech Is Trying to Prevent Debate About Its Social Harms (Foreign Policy 4 April)
  3. Anonymous users are dominating right-wing discussions online. They also spread false information (AP, 6 April)
  4. ‘Time is running out’: can a future of undetectable deepfakes be avoided? (Guardian, 8 April)
  5. Elon Musk's X pushed a fake headline about Iran attacking Israel. X's AI chatbot Grok made it up. (Mashable, 5 April)
  6. How Tech Giants Cut Corners to Harvest Data for A.I. (NYT, 6 April)

X (Twitter)

Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix.bsky.social)
In a significant ruling, a federal judge dismissed X Corp’s lawsuit against the Center for Countering Digital Hate. I discussed the importance of this decision with the Knight First Amendment Institute’s Alex Abdo (first segment), CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed, and lawyer Roberta Kaplan (second segment): https://www.techpolicy.press/elon-musks-x-loses-in-court-why-it-matters-for-independent-technology-research/
  1. X challenges Brazil's 'forced' order to block certain accounts (Reuters, 7 April)
  2. Elon Musk’s X restores free blue check marks. Here’s what it means. (Washington Post, 4 April)
  3. Friday’s earthquake revealed how much Elon Musk has damaged Twitter (Weaponised Spaces, 7 April)

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