Digital Media Misinformation (11)

Mass manipulation of public opinion through social media and other digital media

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  • Kinolab
  • 2011
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Misinformation and Hysteria During Global Emergencies

In this film, the entire globe copes with the outbreak and spread of the mysterious MEV-1 virus. Amidst the chaos, blogger Alan Krumwiede rises to prominence by spouting conspiracy theories such as the tale of how he was “cured” of the virus using the mysterious drug Forsythia. He uses his new platform to challenge the CDC and its policies before ultimately being arrested for spreading misinformation.

  • Kinolab
  • 2011
  • 4 min
  • Reuters
  • 2020
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From hate speech to nudity, Facebook’s oversight board picks its first cases

Facebook has a new independent Oversight Board to help moderate content on the site, picking individual cases from the many presented to them where it is alright to remove content. The cases usually deal in hate speech, “inappropriate visuals,” or misinformation.

  • Reuters
  • 2020
  • 4 min
  • TechCrunch
  • 2021
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Social media allowed a shocked nation to watch a coup attempt in real time

On the day of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S Capitol, social media proved to be a valuable tool for telling the narrative of the horrors taking place within the Capitol building. At the same time, social media plays a large role in political polarization, as users can end up on fringe sites where content is tailored to their beliefs and not always true.

  • TechCrunch
  • 2021
  • 5 min
  • MIT Tech Review
  • 2020
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The Year Deepfakes Went Mainstream

With the surge of the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 became an important one in terms of new applications for deepfake technology. Although a primary concern of deepfakes is their ability to create convincing misinformation, this article describes other uses of deepfake which center more on entertaining, harmless creations.

  • MIT Tech Review
  • 2020
  • 10 min
  • The Washington Post
  • 2019
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Are ‘bots’ manipulating the 2020 conversation? Here’s what’s changed since 2016.

After prolonged discussion on the effect of “bots,” or automated accounts on social networks, interfering with the electoral process in America in 2016, many worries surfaced that something similar could happen in 2020. This article details the shifts in strategy for using bots to manipulate political conversations online, from techniques like Inorganic Coordinated Activity or hashtag hijacking. Overall, some bot manipulation in political discourse is to be expected, but when used effectively these algorithmic tools still have to power to shape conversations to the will of their deployers.

  • The Washington Post
  • 2019