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  • Facebook news virus surge
  • “Fake news” arrests
  • Chatbots all over the world
  • Twitter’s verification system


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Rappler

Information warfare knows no pandemic. Keep your guard up against the disinformation virus.


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ABC News

Multiple sources confirmed to ABC News in recent days that both the efforts that slowed computer systems at the Health and Human Services Department Sunday night and the weekend rash of bogus text messages warning a national quarantine is imminent were the products of foreign actors or components of foreign governments or entities connected to them.


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Inter-Press Service

BRATISLAVA, Mar 20 2020 – Growing intimidation and repression of journalists reporting on the coronavirus is threatening public health in some countries, press freedom monitors have warned.


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The Guardian

WhatsApp is in talks to set up a dedicated NHS chatbot to allow people to access basic information about the coronavirus pandemic, sources with knowledge of the discussions told the Guardian, as the messaging service seeks to shed its growing reputation as a hub for disinformation about the pandemic.


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Several articles in this edition of Matter of Facts deal with the use of chatbots around the world. Here The Guardian reports on an effort involving WhatsApp, which has in the past been criticized for its role in misinformation.

Africa Check

Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has the world firmly in its grip. In all the uncertainty, how can you tell fact from fiction? Our guide gives three tips.


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The Guardian

About 25 years ago, “face time” was a new phrase. In 1994 or thereabouts, news came that in cutting-edge workplaces of the US, the term denoted time actually spent in the company of other human beings – and was, by implication, a symbol of how that most basic aspect of human interaction was being lost. As they became immersed in email and the nascent worldwide web, it was rumoured that the most modern people were increasingly removed from even their friends and families – something crystallised in Douglas Coupland’s 1995 novel Microserfs, which moves from Microsoft’s HQ near Seattle to Silicon Valley.


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Ad Age

In a moment of uncertainty, trust becomes the new currency. In the wake of misinformation spreading quickly on Facebook, the News Feed is now the Corona Feed. It is not the best environment for brands that want to align themselves with trust in this moment.


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The Conversation

Disinformation-spewing online bots and trolls from halfway around the world are continuing to shape local and national debates by spreading lies online on a massive scale. In 2019, Russia used Facebook to intervene in the internal politics of eight African nations.


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The New York Times

More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report.


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Indian Express

We tried the WhatsApp chatbots developed by WHO and the Indian government to share authentic information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Reuters

BRUSSELS — Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters.


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Nikkei

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s government is using the novel coronavirus outbreak to lock up political opponents and detain people who question its handling of the pandemic, a rights group warned Tuesday.


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Part of the misinformation beat is laws against “fake news,” used for all sorts of purposes. Here Nikkei reports from a case in Cambodia highlighted by Human Rights Watch.

Middle East Eye

A Kuwaiti social media influencer, with a following of more than three million people on Instagram, has been arrested after promoting an unlicensed 15-minute coronavirus test on Snapchat.


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Clean Technica

John Cook is one founder of the Skeptical Science website, which takes a close look at scientific skepticism and how to debunk some of the most widely held beliefs in scientific myths


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The Guardian

There are no books on how to talk to kids about a global pandemic. Three experts share advice on what to tell them about the coronavirus.


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CNN

Governments and medical officials are scrambling to provide the public with accurate and timely information about the novel coronavirus. But those efforts are being undermined by the spread of medical misinformation and fake cures on one of the world’s most popular messaging platforms.


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Tech Crunch

WhatsApp has long grappled with its platform being used to spread misinformation. In the latest move, today it announced two initiatives to fight specifically against fake news and other misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Star Tribune

As a woman walked past Grand Avenue’s Wedding Shoppe a couple of days ago, she saw something that alarmed her: a large group of people filing into the longtime St. Paul bridal store at a time when fears of the spread of coronavirus have led to the closure of schools and businesses.


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Gizmodo

Twitter has announced that it’s ramping up the verification process for its infamously arcane blue-checkmark system and prioritizing qualified health professionals in the face of this ongoing pandemic.


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The Citizen

Dubbed Covid-19 Connect, it has served more than 15 million messages since it was launched at the weekend.


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University of Notre Dame

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are using artificial intelligence to develop an early warning system that will identify manipulated images, deepfake videos and disinformation online. The project is an effort to combat the rise of coordinated social media campaigns to incite violence, sew discord and threaten the integrity of democratic elections.


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One hope for misinformation is using AI to help solve it. Here Notre Dame reports on work that researchers did on an Indonesian election.

Inc42

Government in talks with Facebook for possible solutions to misinformation


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EU vs Disinfo

The coronavirus crisis is a vulnerable target of disinformation. State actors have been manipulating the COVID-19 topic in traditional and social media, sowing doubt and discord. The WHO speaks of an “infodemic”


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Jezebel

Instagram hasn’t been completely successful in combatting misinformation. While the app has tried to crack down on influencers promoting dubious diet products and anti-vax messages, posts still slip through the cracks. But the app is still taking steps to make sure users get accurate information about covid-19, such as including approved sources in recommendations and search results.


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The Guardian

The news rolls in like waves. One unfathomably huge development crashing on another. President Donald Trump has shut US borders. Now Australia is closed to foreigners too. Scott Morrison is spending billions. The surplus is history, a recession now inevitable. The graph of confirmed cases soars. The death count climbs. The job losses rise. We were allowed to attend the football, then only smaller gatherings, now we have to measure the space between us and other human beings, soon there may be localised lock downs. Daily life is shutting down, closing in, to makeshift home offices and socially distant outings to supermarkets where there’s not much to buy. And that’s just in the last week.


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