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Middle East Eye
Declassified documents reveal how UK propaganda unit used Friday sermons, newspapers and novels to spread anti-Communist messages across Middle East

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The Guardian
The closure of Australian Associated Press, announced today, is a tragedy for our already under-reported nation. It underlines what was already clear: that the crisis in public interest journalism has reached a critical stage.

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The New York Times
A new study examines YouTube’s efforts to limit the spread of conspiracy theories on its site, from videos claiming the end times are near to those questioning climate change.

Editor’s Note: Readers of Matter of Facts will be familiar with the problems of conspiracy content on YouTube. Here the NY Times digs into a study by researchers at Berkeley about the issue.

First Draft News
Even the familiar image of the globe inaccurately distorts the size of countries on the equator, making them seem smaller. Source: Pixabay.

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AP
From the perspective of teens, TikTok is a major new outlet for self-expression, one proudly home to the silly, the loud and the weird.

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Stanford University
In a complex news environment, Stanford professors urge voters to be careful consumers of political information and to think hard about where information comes from and how it reaches them.

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EU vs Disinfo
Four languages, one message from the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets: becoming independent from Russian gas is just a bad idea.

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Gulf News
Islamabad: Amid the clamour and confusion, Pakistan’s government has appointed a committee to review the country’s new social media regulations

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Press Trust of India
At least 42 people died and over 200 injured in the violence in parts of northeast Delhi last week over the Citizenship Amendment Act. Last week we witnessed some disturbances in the national capital. The Centre has been able to control the situation in violence-hit parts of Delhi and would get to the bottom of truth and unravel conspiracy, if any, that sparked the communal riots,

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AP
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Wikipedia’s Farsi-language website appears to be disrupted in Iran after a close confidant to the country’s supreme leader died of the new coronavirus, an activist group said Tuesday, as the Islamic Republic suffers the highest death rate from the epidemic outside of China.

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Irish News
Measures to tackle the coronavirus moved from theory to reality on Thursday evening with the confirmation of the first case of the virus on this island.

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AP
Mike Bloomberg’s stockpile of cash, swarm of employees and paid social media influencers are testing the abilities of online platforms — and his Democratic challengers — to keep up with an expensive internet campaign.

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The Conversation
The UK government recently announced a new plan to regulate social media companies such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The proposals give the government’s media regulator, Ofcom, extensive powers to tell tech giants what speech they must suppress – and to punish them if they don’t.

Editor’s Note: New legislation is coming in the U.K. regulating platforms, but what about the form it is taking. Here UCL professor Jeffrey Howard looks at the details.

Global Voices
During the campaign preceding Taiwan’s January 2020 presidential elections, the widespread use of social media platforms, such as Facebook and LINE to share news from unreliable sources, significantly affected people’s ability to make well-informed choices at the polls. As a result, a number of initiatives have emerged to counter the spread of disinformation in Taiwan.

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FCW
Intelligence gathering and espionage remained the primary motivation for state-sponsored cyber intrusions in 2019, according to a new report.

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Bloomberg
Former President Barack Obama asked TV stations on Wednesday to stop airing ads featuring his voice over on-screen attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden.The ads, which aim to depress African-American votes in Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic primary, are funded by the pro-Donald Trump super PAC Committee to Defend the President. They began appearing Tuesday in the state, where Biden is relying on a strong showing to revive his struggling campaign.

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Global Voices
A collective of female journalists denounced the harassment of reporter Patrícia Campos Mello on Twitter. Image: Used under license CC0 Public Domain

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Northeastern University
Since the era of Barack Obama’s presidency, social media platforms have served as a testing ground for politicians to market themselves, reach out to voters, and generate online buzz. And it seems, the more they’re willing to spend, the more experimental they can afford to be.

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Coda Story
As far-right violence and anti-Semitism rears its head in Germany, lawmakers believe that holding digital platforms to account could help bring far-right extremists to justice.

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The Print
There are indications that the current bar on fixed-line internet in Kashmir might be eased soon, but social media restrictions are likely to stay.

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Business Insider
Facebook is tightening up its rules on ads that reference the novel coronavirus, in an attempt to curtail misinformation and fearmongering about the outbreak. The social network will now ban ads that mention it if they promise to cure or prevent the virus, or attempt to “create a sense of urgency” about it.

Editor’s Note: Coronavirus has been a recurring topic in Matter of Facts, so much so that Deepnews is sending out a specific coronavirus-focused version today with the Monday Note. Check our social channels for more info.

The Conversation
President Donald Trump has shown a unique ability to use Twitter as a way to connect directly with his followers.

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The Guardian
Martin Lewis has said publishers should take more responsibility for adverts on their sites after prominent outlets including Mail Online ran promotions announcing his death featuring a mock-up of his bloodied face.

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CNN
Andrew Walz calls himself a “proven business leader” and a “passionate advocate for students.” Walz, a Republican from Rhode Island, is running for Congress with the tagline, “Let’s make change in Washington together,” or so his Twitter account claimed.

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The Conversation
In many Canadian classrooms, factors like inadequate teacher training and discomfort impact what topics are addressed or avoided. Unfortunately, these circumstances mean that youth may not get the information they need to engage in healthy, positive sexual relationships.

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