disinformation

X (formerly Twitter) is worst for disinformation, per EU analysis

X (formerly Twitter) has been called out in the European Union for having the worst ratio of disinformation/misinformation to posts not spreading falsehoods among mainstream social networks. In a spee

How generative AI is accelerating disinformation

Panelists at TC Disrupt 2023 spoke about the ways in which generative AI is accelerating the spread of disinformation.

Fake Pentagon attack hoax shows perils of Twitter’s paid verification

Surprising literally no one, the combination of paid blue checks and generative AI makes it all too easy to spread misinformation. On Monday morning, a seemingly AI-generated image of an explosion at

AI is eating itself: Bing’s AI quotes COVID disinfo sourced from ChatGPT

One of the more interesting, but seemingly academic, concerns of the new era of AI sucking up everything on the web was that AIs will eventually start to absorb other AI-generated content and regurgit

Europe quizzes TikTok on data safety, disinformation and DSA compliance

A meeting between TikTok’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, and senior European Union lawmakers that took place today saw the video sharing platform’s chief executive quizzed on a range of topics — in

Who’ll get the last laugh over Musk toying with Twitter’s veracity?

Twitter’s painstakingly layered infosphere looks to be light-speeding back to chaotic noise under new owner Elon Musk. The billionaire is no fan of meritocratic signals nor, it seems, a friend t

EU unveils tougher industry Code to combat disinformation

The European Commission has just taken the wraps off a beefed up industry Code of Practice for tackling online disinformation across the EU. Signatories to the Code — who include tech giants lik

Elon Musk gives Europe’s speech platform rules the thumbs up

While the world continues to wonder what ‘free speech absolutist‘ and gadfly billionaire Elon Musk might mean for the future of Twitter, the European Union has chalked up an early PR win i

Disinformation demands a collective defense

As the disinformation threat has evolved, regulations governing the digital space have not kept up, and the agencies that have historically sought to defend us against disinformation face an asymmetry

Pinterest bans all climate change misinformation on its platform

Pinterest announced today it’s becoming the first major digital platform to introduce a comprehensive misinformation policy designed to combat false and misleading claims around climate change o

Meta takes down deepfake of Ukraine’s President Zelensky surrendering

Meta removed an altered video falsely depicting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordering troops to surrender Wednesday. The video is the latest alarming milestone in the parallel information wa

Twitter removes Russian Embassy’s tweet accusing pregnant bombing victim of being a crisis actor

A cluster of Russian Embassy Twitter accounts are sowing misinformation as the country’s bloody invasion of neighboring Ukraine escalates, but they might not get away with it for long. On Thursday,

EU’s ban on Russia Today and Sputnik is now in effect

The EU’s ban on Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik has just gone into effect after the bloc formally adopted the sanctions, meaning media regulators are now expected to monitor compliance, with the r

EU confirms ban on Kremlin-backed media is expected to cover online platforms

The EU’s ban on Kremlin-backed media outlets, Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik (plus any subsidiaries), is expected to cover online platforms and apps as well as traditional broadcast channels, Tec

As EU says it’ll ban Russia’s ‘toxic media machine’, social media firms face pressure to act

Late yesterday the European Union announced an “unprecedented” step against Russian disinformation, saying it would ban Kremlin-based media outlets, Russia Today (aka RT) and Sputnik &#821

Russia says it is restricting access to Facebook in the country

The Russian government announced Friday that it will begin to “partially restrict” access to Facebook, according to an announcement from its internet regulatory agency Roskomnadzor. Russia

Fact-checkers write open letter urging YouTube to get serious about COVID misinformation

A group of more than 80 prominent fact-checking organizations around the world is pressing YouTube to take action against COVID misinformation, which still prevails on the platform now two years into

Pendulum raises $5.9M to help organizations track harmful narratives

Pendulum helps companies, governments and other organizations track harmful narratives on social media platforms and elsewhere on the web. The company today announced that it has raised a $5.9 million

Putin and Xi’s evolving disinformation playbooks pose new threats

The TechCrunch Global Affairs Project examines the increasingly intertwined relationship between the tech sector and global politics.

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