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Democratic senators urge Facebook, Google and Twitter to crack down on vaccine misinformation

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (D-MN) speaks during the fourth day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 15, 2020. Susan Walsh | Pool |......

Afghan Leaders Sideline Spokesmen in an Escalating Misinformation War

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here KABUL, Afghanistan — After Ahmad Jawad Hijri saw the wounded children in the hospital and learned of the Afghan airstrike that put them there, killing nine others around their age in northern Afghanistan, he never expected that his......

Misinformation ‘Superspreaders’ Target Georgia Senate Races

New York Times
“We’re taking every opportunity to connect people to reliable information about the election,” said Kevin McAlister, a Facebook spokesman. He said the company was also “deploying the teams and technology we used in the general elections to fight voter suppression, misinformation and interference in the Georgia runoff elections.” None of......

Twitter will begin removing vaccine misinformation.

New York Times
Twitter said on Wednesday that it would begin removing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines. The planned takedowns, which will begin next week, were announced as misinformation about the vaccines, which are just starting to be distributed in the United States, is increasing. Tweets that claim the vaccines intentionally cause harm, or......

Twitter will label and remove misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer of Twitter Inc. and Square Inc., speaks during an Empowering Entrepreneurs events at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Cole Burston | Bloomberg | Getty Images Twitter on Wednesday announced......

From Voter Fraud to Vaccine Lies: Misinformation Peddlers Shift Gears

New York Times
The change has been particularly evident over the last six weeks. Election misinformation peaked on Nov. 4 at 375,000 mentions across cable television, social media, print and online news outlets, according to an analysis by Zignal. By Dec. 3, that had fallen to 60,000 mentions. But coronavirus misinformation steadily increased......

To quash vaccine misinformation, this doctor opts for facts over fighting fiction.

New York Times
The coronavirus vaccinations are starting. Now Americans need to be persuaded to trust and accept them. There are two basic tactics we’ve seen from science and health professionals in talking to the public about the coronavirus and now the first approved vaccine in the United States. The professionals can spread......

‘Mountains of misinformation’ on voter fraud dim GOP Senate prospects, Georgia official warns

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Laura King President Trump’s false claim that he beat Joe Biden in last month’s election — and won the state of Georgia — drew sharp rebukes Sunday from top Georgia officials, less than a month before a contest that......

Facebook says it will remove coronavirus vaccine misinformation.

New York Times
Facebook on Thursday said it would remove posts that contain claims about Covid-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts, as the social network acts more aggressively to bat down coronavirus misinformation while falsehoods run rampant. The move goes a step beyond how Facebook had handled misinformation about......

YouTube, under pressure over election falsehoods, suspends OAN for Covid-19 misinformation.

New York Times
YouTube suspended One America News Network, one of the right-wing channels aggressively pushing false claims about widespread election fraud, for violating its policies on misinformation. But the misinformation that got OAN in trouble on Tuesday had nothing to do with the election. YouTube removed a video that violated its policies......

Democratic senators urge YouTube to remove election misinformation videos.

New York Times
A group of Democratic senators urged YouTube to reverse its policy of allowing videos containing election outcome misinformation and pushed the company to adopt more aggressive steps to curb the spread of false content and manipulated media ahead of critical runoff elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats in January. In......

Meet the top election misinformation ‘superspreaders.’

New York Times
Two Trumps and a set of right-wing commentators have been the top so-called superspreaders of election misinformation, according to research by Avaaz, a global human rights group. In descending order, the five included the right-wing commentators Dan Bongino, Mark Levin, Diamond and Silk, and David J. Harris Jr., as well......

Meet the top election misinformation ‘superspreaders.’

New York Times
Two Trumps and a set of right-wing commentators have been the top so-called superspreaders of election misinformation, according to research by Avaaz, a global human rights group. In descending order, the five included the right-wing commentators Dan Bongino, Mark Levin, Diamond and Silk, and David J. Harris Jr., as well......

How Misinformation ‘Superspreaders’ Seed False Election Theories

New York Times
“Because of how Facebook’s algorithm functions, these superspreaders are capable of priming a discourse,” said Fadi Quran, a director at Avaaz. “There is often this assumption that misinformation or rumors just catch on. These superspreaders show that there is an intentional effort to redefine the public narrative.” Across Facebook, there......

Trump allies are among the frequent purveyors of election misinformation.

New York Times
President Trump and his allies have continuously amplified false and unsubstantiated claims about voting as they wage a multi-front assault on the legitimacy of the 2020 election. A pre-election analysis from the Election Integrity Partnership found that posts from 20 Twitter accounts, including 13 verified and Mr. Trump himself, accounted......

Election misinformation often evaded YouTube’s efforts to stop it.

New York Times
YouTube videos endorsing the false idea that there was widespread election fraud were viewed more than 138 million times on the week of Nov. 3, according to a report from an independent research project that has been studying misinformation trends on the video site. The report by the project, called......

Beware of this misinformation from ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies this weekend.

New York Times
Dozens of rallies are being organized across the country on Saturday as part of a movement called “Stop the Steal,” which falsely asserts that the presidential election was manipulated against President Trump. Here are some of the unsubstantiated and inaccurate claims that you might encounter, and why they are wrong.......

Republican distrust of news may be helping election misinformation spread.

New York Times
In looking for reasons behind the misinformation that is casting doubt about last week’s election Joseph R. Biden Jr., some researchers are drawing a link to the growing distrust of the news media among conservatives. Research from Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has found a long......

Election misinformation continues staying up on YouTube.

New York Times
If you visited Google’s YouTube in the days after the election last week, you may have found a video of an anchor from One America News Network declaring victory for President Trump with the unsubstantiated claim that Democrats were “tossing Republican ballots.” Or a clip from Mr. Trump stating on......

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