Category: Fake news

Virtual Russian World in the Baltics | StratCom

Virtual Russian World in the Baltics | StratCom:

10% of active ideological users are purposefully generating 70% of
pro-Russian ideological content among Russian speaking social media
users in the Baltics, says study of StratCom (@stratcomcoe).

Are fake news a problem in your country?Orange = probably YesRed…

Are fake news a problem in your country?

Orange = probably Yes
Red = definitely Yes

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Can you beat my score? Play the fake news game!

Can you beat my score? Play the fake news game!:

A new online game puts players in the shoes of an aspiring propagandist to give the public a taste of the techniques and motivations behind the spread of disinformation—potentially “inoculating” them against the influence of so-called fake news in the process.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have already shown that briefly exposing people to tactics used by fake news producers can act as a “psychological vaccine” against bogus anti-science campaigns.

While the previous study focused on disinformation about climate science, the new online game is an experiment in providing “general immunity” against the wide range of fake news that has infected public debate.

The game encourages players to stoke anger, mistrust and fear in the public by manipulating digital news and social media within the simulation.

Players build audiences for their fake news sites by publishing polarizing falsehoods, deploying twitter bots, photo-shopping evidence, and inciting conspiracy theories in the wake of public tragedy—all while maintaining a “credibility score” to remain as persuasive as possible.

A pilot study conducted with teenagers in a Dutch high school used an early paper-and-pen trial of the game, and showed the perceived “reliability” of fake news to be diminished in those that played compared to a control group.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-fake-news-vaccine-online-game.html

EU expert group on Fake News

Dutch team infiltrated Russian hacker group, witnessing U.S. election meddling, DNC attack: report

Dutch team infiltrated Russian hacker group, witnessing U.S. election meddling, DNC attack: report

Figure of the Week: 8180

Figure of the Week: 8180

Lets take a look back at some of the big stori…

Lets take a look back at some of the big stories from 2017! what happened?

Pointing Fingers at ‘The Media’

Pointing Fingers at ‘The Media’:

The German election in September 2017 brought a tectonic shift to the layout of German politics. With the AfD in parliament far-right illiberalism has reached the mainstream. We investigate the communicative developments underlying this rise. Using web-scraping and automated content analysis, we collected over 10.000 articles from mainstream-news and far-right blogs, along with over 90GBs of Tweets and thousands of Facebook-Posts. This allows us a deep insight into how public discourse works in 2017 Germany.

Putins Propagandakrieg in Prag


Viele Tschechen stehen dem Westen mittlerweile skeptisch gegenüber. In dieser Situation ist das Land ein ideales Ziel der prorussischen Propaganda und gezielter Desinformation.