Netflix's Fake-News Thriller The Hater Is Way Too Real

Netflix's Fake-News Thriller The Hater Is Way Too Real

While Netflix makes no mention of it whatsoever, The Hater is actually a sequel to Komasa’s 2011 movie, The Suicide Room, which is about a teenager whose life becomes a catastrophe after a video of him kissing another boy on a dare gets circulated online.

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

The propagandists have created and disseminated disinformation since at least March 2017, with a focus on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics; they’ve posted fake content on everything from social media to pro-Russian news websites.

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Today, Ayyadurai is one of the most dangerous vectors of health disinformation, racking up millions of engagements on posts that rail against vaccinations, claim Anthony Fauci is a member of the “deep state,” and instruct followers to point blow dryers down their throats to kill the coronavirus.

The Russian Disinfo Operation You Never Heard About

The Russian Disinfo Operation You Never Heard About

It has run relatively few campaigns related to Syria and its civil war but is devoted to a common priority for Russia-backed digital actors: undermining and destabilizing Ukraine .Though Secondary Infektion's activities are difficult to track, Graphika researchers were able to piece the its activity together by looking at rare occasions where the group reused an account a few times, and identifying patterns in sets of blogs and forums the group would post to.

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

That’s true even in the modern era of microtargeted advertising and social-media-enabled disinformation; and it’s particularly relevant as we begin to imagine what electoral campaigns will look like in the midst of (or, hopefully, the aftermath of) the Covid-19 pandemic.

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

That day, representatives learned that a “high school kid with a good graphics card can make this stuff.” That the creators of malicious deepfakes (the bad guys) and those working to identify and intercept fake content (the good guys) are locked in an unending arms race.

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

A new United Nations-sponsored report offers one of the most comprehensive overviews of the challenges to global electoral integrity posed by the onslaught of misinformation, online extremism, and social media manipulation campaigns, and calls for a series of reforms from platforms, politicians, and international governing bodies.

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Moreover, very little of the IRA’s spending was on traditional political advertising: The Senate report notes that only about 5 percent of the Russian ads users saw prior to the presidential election actually referenced Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump directly.

Facebook's Plan for 2020 Is Too Little, Too Late, Critics Say

Facebook's Plan for 2020 Is Too Little, Too Late, Critics Say

Among the features announced Monday were new interstitials—notices that appear in front of a post—that warn users when content in their Instagram or Facebook feeds has been flagged as false by outside fact-checkers.

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

A years-old internet hoax warning about a new, nonexistent Instagram rule resurfaced this week—and demonstrated the staying power of even low-stakes misinformation online.If the story pushed by a meme or hoax fits in a way that feels like a coherent narrative to a critical mass of people, it’s game over, says Phillips.

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

“I can see why the platforms would be hesitant,” says Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. People who followed IRA or other state-sponsored accounts may have been manipulated, but they weren’t breaking the law or even violating Twitter’s terms of service.

Alphabet-Owned Jigsaw Bought a Russian Troll Campaign as an Experiment

Alphabet-Owned Jigsaw Bought a Russian Troll Campaign as an Experiment

"Let's say I want to wage a disinformation campaign to attack a political opponent or a company, but I don’t have the infrastructure to create my own Internet Research Agency," Gully told WIRED in an interview, speaking publicly about Jigsaw's year-old disinformation experiment for the first time.

Facebook Removes a Fresh Batch of Iran-Linked Fake Accounts

Facebook Removes a Fresh Batch of Iran-Linked Fake Accounts

Last August, researchers from the threat intelligence firm FireEye uncovered a vast social media influence campaign, conducted by a network of inauthentic news outlets and fake personas with ties to Iran.

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

According to a new report by online activist group Avaaz, networks of fake accounts, pages, and groups have been spreading divisive, white-nationalist, anti-immigrant content throughout Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain.

'Fake News Victims' Meet With Twitter and Facebook

'Fake News Victims' Meet With Twitter and Facebook

The discussions organized by Avaaz served as a counterpoint to all that pressure, as individual victims of online harassment campaigns came forward to tell tech companies exactly how they’ve been hurt by the hate and hoaxes that have festered on their platforms.

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

Feelings of helplessness and symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder—like anxiety, guilt, and anhedonia—are on the rise, they said, as warnings go unheeded and their hopes for constructive change are dashed time and time again.“We are in a time where a lot of things feel futile,” says Alice Marwick, a media and technology researcher and professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

The Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

The Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

These overdue moves illustrate the companies’ ability to identify and police false content, and they undercut a notion widely embraced in the social media industry that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube shouldn’t be “arbiters of the truth.” WIRED OPINION ABOUT Paul M.

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

Security Isn't Enough. Silicon Valley Needs 'Abusability' Testing

Security Isn't Enough. Silicon Valley Needs 'Abusability' Testing

From Russian disinformation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to YouTube extremism to drones grounding air traffic, Soltani argues, tech companies need to think not just about protecting their own users but about what he calls abusability: the possibility that users could exploit their tech to harm others, or the world.

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

2018 Was a Rough Year for Truth Online

More often than not, the information provided by companies like Twitter and Facebook in their high-profile data dumps is nothing new to any platform researcher worth their salt.

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

“The goal is clear: show to the world that there is a civil war in France.” Other accounts identified by Robert as sharing similarly false or polarizing information claimed to be journalists and European [email protected], a relatively unknown account notable for its belief in the sprawling conspiracy theory known as QAnon, was another popular promoter of disinformation using #GiletsJaunes.