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Disinformation Systems During the Fight for Racial Justice
“On Twitter and Facebook, hundreds of posts are circulating saying that George Floyd is not actually dead.
Conspiracy theorists are baselessly arguing that George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor, is funding the spreading protests against police brutality.
And conservative commentators are asserting with little evidence that antifa, the far-left antifascism activist movement, coordinated the riots and looting that sprang from the protests.
Untruths, conspiracy theories and other false information are running rampant online as the furor over Mr. Floyd, an African-American man who was killed last week in police custody in Minneapolis, has built.
Today’s information environment is more chaotic and easier to manipulate than ever before, which has been surfacing through disinformation around the current Black Lives Matter protests. Craig Silverman’s new book, Verification Handbook: A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage, equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation.
Join us on Thursday, June 4th at 3pm ET for a conversation on tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during this turbulent time. Craig Silverman will be joined by Gabrielle Lim to lead a discussion and take your questions on the issues we’re currently facing and where we go from here.
Please RSVP below and we’ll be in touch with information on joining the livestream.”