What happened? Amazon’s official news account caused a ruckus this week, starting with a dismissive dismissal of a US Lawmaker’s reference to reports that some of Amazon’s workers need to urinate in bottles: The tone used by the account (“You don’t really believe”) positions those who do believe reporting that Amazon warehouse workers skip bathroomContinue reading “Opinion: Amazon’s latest foray into brazen disinformation shows the cost of lying has decreased for corporations”
I recently spotted a pretty perfect example of how someone might go about Information Laundering through a public figure. In this case reporter Ken Klippenstein targeted an anti-vaccine proponent active on Twitter. Ken sent the following private message to their account: In this case Ken pretended to be a fan reaching out to compliment theirContinue reading “Information Laundering with American Pornographic Actor Johnny Sins”
I was recently reading “A Bible Burning, a Russian News Agency and a Story Too Good to Check Out“, an article dissecting the spread of an inauthentic narrative which framed participants of 2020 Black Lives Matter protesters as burning bibles en-masse. It talked about “information laundering”, a (very cool sounding) term which describes surreptitiously deliveringContinue reading “Information Laundering: Interactive Lesson”
The free online game Bad News has been shown to help people resist common techniques used to convince people that false information is actually true. This is good because free things that are online don’t have the barrier to entry that most activities have right now (i.e. “I can’t afford to exist” and “I can’tContinue reading “4 ways we can build on 2020’s Bad News to deliver even more in 2021”
With the Coronavirus vaccine just over the temporal horizon people who are interested in disinformation are probably going to be having one or two conversations about vaccine conspiracies with friends and loved ones. To help people prepare for those conversations I recently created some e-learning content detailing the background of the conspiracy that the CoronavirusContinue reading “Bill Gates and the Microchip Conspiracy”
In this update I want to highlight ten key articles added to the database in September.
During the measles outbreak of 2019 Anti-Vaccine Facebook groups increased their membership more than Pro-Vaccine groups, with some growing by over 300%. Contrastingly there were no Pro-Vaccine groups which grew by more than 100% (and most groups grew by less than 50%). If Anti-Vaccine groups continue to grow at a higher rate than Pro-Vaccine groups,Continue reading “4 reasons why Anti-Vaccine Facebook groups are winning over the Undecided masses”