News on How Misinformation Spreads

The New York Times is seeking an ambitious reporter who will examine the world of misinformation in all its forms. The reporter will lead investigative pieces, produce scoops, and write profiles. The reporter must have at least 5 years of experience in reporting, with a demonstrated ability to follow money trails and uncover information about […]

The rise of the Internet has made the knowledge of the world readily available to pretty much everyone. But those knowledge seekers also need to be aware of how they’re searching for information. Here’s Al Tompkins, a senior broadcast and online faculty member for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a non-profit journalism and research […]

Amid debates about the role social media has played in the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 vaccines, roughly half of Americans say that they have been getting some (30%) or a lot (18%) of news and information about these vaccines on social media. The other half (51%) say they have been getting not much news […]

The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday  fully approved Pfizer-BioNtech’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. But as with previous regulatory updates concerning the Covid-19 vaccines, the announcement was met with misleading claims from the vaccine-hesitant. Many who have chosen not to take the vaccine have objected on the grounds that it had received only […]

Facebook’s twin failures to prevent the spread of extremism and Covid misinformation are combining into a dangerous new trend: Far-right militia groups are embracing and amplifying vaccine conspiracy theories as a way to build their movement. A Tech Transparency Project (TTP) investigation found that militia groups on Facebook, some with thousands of members, are rife […]

The University of Washington’s Information School is seeking a Research Scientist to provide leadership and project management for a rapid-response research program at the Center for an Informed Public (CIP). Initially developed for the 2020 U.S. election, this model for the real-time monitoring of online misinformation incorporates the careful practice and methodologies of research while shortening […]

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Yesterday, the Biden administration announced its plan to offer mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to all Americans in the fall. It’s the latest effort to combat the highly contagious Delta variant, which is driving a surge in hospitalizations in some parts of the country. While there’s ongoing debate among scientists and policymakers on the usefulness of a third dose, the announcement […]

What do people see most on Facebook? Recipes, cute cat GIFs or highly charged political partisanship? That question has been hard to answer, because the social network keeps a tight lid on so much of its data. Now, Facebook is for the first time making public some information on what content gets the most views […]

On 18 May 2021, German YouTuber Mirko Drotschmann tweeted an unusual message: a marketing agency was asking him to share allegedly leaked documents on Covid-19 vaccine deaths. Within a week, French YouTuber Léo Grasset shared similar news. News reports followed: Fazze, a London-based marketing firm with ties to Russia, was offering money to influencers to […]

It’s been more than nine months since Election Day 2020, but as the nation’s top election officials met in Iowa over the weekend, it was clear the shadow of that race will stretch far into the future of American democracy. The conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was somehow stolen from former President Donald Trump […]

In April 2020, near the start of the global pandemic, Felix Kartte was working 14-hour shifts as an EU policy officer, struggling to monitor a barrage of coronavirus-linked disinformation. Articles claiming that the pandemic was a hoax, that it was caused by 5G, that it could be cured by hydroxychloroquine or alternative medicine were going […]