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  • Fact-checking Trump, Zhao (#2)
  • Billionaires + information (#13)
  • Minneapolis misinformation (#6)
  • Plandemic goes global (#21)


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Mother Jones

Even as Congress considers H.R. 6666, the unfortunately numbered COVID-19 TRACE Act sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Il.), which would devote $100 billion to helping states hire contact tracers, activists in the right-wing fever swamp have launched petitions and worked the phones to fight any expansion of this public health initiative. As Virginia state senator and GOP gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase posted on Facebook recently, “I will not be MASKED, TESTED, TRACKED, or CHIPPED to support this LIBERAL agenda.”


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South China Morning Post

As violence and protests over police treatment of African-Americans racks US cities and China accuses the Washington of hypocrisy in decrying its own unrest while supporting protests in Hong Kong, Twitter finds itself playing an increasingly important role in the trans-Pacific sniping.


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You have likely seen that Twitter applied a fact-check to Donald Trump tweets last week, though you might have missed that it also fact-checked Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. Mark Magnier, US correspondent for the SCMP, digs into issues such as “wolf warrior” diplomacy in this in-depth piece.

ABC (Australia)

Out of the pandemic that’s hit Russia, through a fog of government disinformation and failure, a stunning new weapon has emerged. And she is taking on President Putin.


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The Atlantic

As its global image takes a big hit, China is using an arsenal of spin, obfuscation, hyperbole, and outright disinformation to win back its reputation.


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Bloomberg

Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc have both sparked the ire of Donald Trump, but the social networks have taken nearly opposite approaches to politics and the president.


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CNN

In coming hours and days you’ll likely hear the claims: “outside forces,” perhaps even Russians, are mobilizing online to inflame tensions and stoke violence as protests sweep America following the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died Monday at the hands of Minneapolis police officers .


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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

In an official statement on May 20, the synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova urged the government to make any eventual vaccine against the deadly coronavirus voluntary.


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The Margins (Substack)

I’ve been doom-scrolling endlessly. It began on Saturday afternoon as my family and I were taking a stroll through the East Village. We saw police truck after police truck, sirens blaring, and heading towards Union Square. We started to hear the whirr of helicopters. I started scrolling through Twitter and haven’t really stopped since.


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Slate

In March, Facebook was filled with posts that claimed that 5G networks, not a novel coronavirus, were making people sick. Yet searching for those same posts today leads to an error message: “Sorry, this content isn’t available right now.” That’s because Facebook and other social media companies have removed many conspiracy-type posts from their platforms, including the thoroughly debunked 5G connection. But some internet activists are concerned that this pandemic-related content is not only being removed but erased, leaving future researchers with a gap-filled historical record.


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If journalism is the first draft of history, then what is Wikipedia? Here Stephen Harrison writes for Slate’s Future Tense looking at the intricacies of edits in unprecedented times.

Reason

Disrespected by Twitter, President Donald Trump is throwing a tantrum in the form of an executive order that declares Twitter and Facebook are the “functional equivalent of a traditional public forum” and should “not infringe on protected speech.” The president seems to have bypassed the typical interagency review process in issuing his new rule. This means the insanely overreaching order (read the leaked draft here) wasn’t written with an eye toward conforming to federal law or constitutional protections of speech and commerce. And make no mistake: the draft order, when it manages to be coherent, is insanely unconstitutional.


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Governing

The president wants social media sites to be investigated for political bias. His new executive order is the strongest attack yet on a key free speech protection for online platforms, but it’s not the only one.


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NBC News

Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.


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Vox

Joe Biden has a problem. Silicon Valley billionaires think they have a solution.


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Vice

For many people, something has been not quite right — sinister, even — about the nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd and decades of police brutality against Black Americans. Take the empty cop car that sat at an intersection in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles: As demonstrators surrounded it, it was soon graffitied and its windows were broken, and then it was in flames. Then another cop car went up a few hours later a few blocks away. Then another did.


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Bloomberg

One ad for telecom company O2 appeared on an article linking virus to 5G networks


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The Atlantic

Warnings circulated in pamphlets and the press that an antislavery federal government would inspire a wave of violent slave revolts and then allow the South to burn, rather than stepping in to quell resistance. Texas’s declaration of secession asserted that northern abolitionists had for decades been sending “emissaries” to “bring blood and carnage to our firesides.” Georgia’s insisted that the “avowed purpose” of Republican leaders was to “subvert our society and subject us not only to the loss of our property but the destruction of ourselves, our wives, and our children, and the desolation of our homes [and] our altars.”


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History can also be something to look at to better understand the present. Here Annika Neklason goes in-depth on conspiracy theories in the antebellum South, including the role of high-ranking officials in spreading them.

POLITICO

The Facebook CEO declined to take action against Trump tweets that were interpreted as inciting violence.


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Nature

The past few weeks have seen an explosion in misleading claims about COVID-19. These are mostly online, and many are intended to sow doubts about vaccination as a way to protect against infection. For the individuals and organizations involved in such disinformation, the pandemic is a gilded opportunity. They are capitalizing on both the many unknowns about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, as well as the many legitimate questions about safety and efficacy as vaccines are being developed at unprecedented speed.


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Wall Street Journal ($)

The past few weeks have seen an explosion in misleading claims about COVID-19. These are mostly online, and many are intended to sow doubts about vaccination as a way to protect against infection. For the individuals and organizations involved in such disinformation, the pandemic is a gilded opportunity. They are capitalizing on both the many unknowns about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, as well as the many legitimate questions about safety and efficacy as vaccines are being developed at unprecedented speed.


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The Conversation

Compare, for example, what happened when the European Union introduced its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Countless companies in Australia had to ensure they were meeting European standards. US-based tech companies such as Facebook changed their privacy policies and disclosures globally – they did not want to meet two different privacy standards.


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Buzzfeed

English-language mentions of the conspiratorial video “Plandemic” have dwindled since it debuted in May. But according to new research exclusively shared with BuzzFeed News by First Draft, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fact-checking worldwide, the popularity of the video has soared in other languages and countries around the world.


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New York Times

President Trump’s taking aim at Twitter for fact-checking his tweets is part of a long tradition upheld by aggrieved internet trolls. The stakes are high.


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Military.com

Poland was hit with a barrage of fake news stories this week, including a phony interview with a U.S. commander ridiculing allied militaries, days before a major NATO exercise kicks off in the country, Polish officials said.


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ABC (Australia)

As humanity waits impatiently for a coronavirus vaccine, a determined minority is exploiting the crisis to push the health debate down a path of alternative truth.


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CNN

Donald Trump has spent decades spreading and sowing dangerous misinformation about disease outbreaks — from falsely suggesting AIDS can be transmitted through kissing to warning Americans not to get vaccinated and falsely suggesting vaccines can cause autism.


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