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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.

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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.

You know what is even easier than lobbying for a bill? Paying a newspaper to write a favorable article about your industry.

I do not want to imply that all newspapers are just publishing bought stories and fake news. Far from it, most do a great job and journalists are playing an ever more important role. 

But these journalists need to get paid from somewhere, and newspapers depend on advertisement. This gives certain companies a lot of leverage over individual papers. Also, poorly labeled bought content, that is sometimes indistinguishable from real articles, has become a common practice. 

So sometimes it might be cheaper for a company to swing public opinion via media, than to lobby politicians directly. Don’t automatically assume that newspapers are on your side and politicians are all corrupt. Be critical. Have a look what other media outlays write and where they get there data from.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on blogs! They are literally worthless! … Self irony aside, NEVER believe a blog unless it links to creditable data or respectable sources.



The EU vs Disinformation website is part of a campaign to better forecast, address and respond to pro-Kremlin disinformation. The ‘EU versus Disinformation’ campaign is run by the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force. The team was set up after the EU Heads of State and Government stressed the need to challenge Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns in March 2015. Read more about the team here.