Stories about Disinformation

5 December 2019

Fact-checking service blames Croatian government for using EU money to fund online portal that spreads disinformation

A web portal infamous for proliferating falsehoods and nationalist hate has received funds slated for support of Small and Medium Enterprises from the European fund for Regional Development.

28 November 2019

MP of populist right-wing political party from North Macedonia confirms existence of party’s troll army

MP Daniela Rangelova is not the first high party official to reveal details about the existence of VMRO-DPMNE's “troll army”.

Varakashi: Zimbabwe’s online brigade targets activists and dissidents

The overarching aim of the Varakashi is to push the narrative that anyone who disagrees with the Zimbabwean government is an agent of foreign powers, and therefore unpatriotic. 

23 November 2019

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

8 November 2019

Twitter was a minefield of false information during the 2019 Nigerian elections

Twitter became a battle ground of ethnocentric disinformation and political propaganda before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the 2019 elections in Nigeria.

6 November 2019

Social media propelled ethnocentric disinformation and propaganda during the Nigerian elections

The 2019 Nigerian elections witnessed unprecedented dissemination of ethnic hate speech at the service of disinformation and propaganda online, particularly on Twitter.

1 November 2019

Beijing constructs an “independence” plot for Hong Kong protests through information operations

Initial findings strongly suggest that the Chinese Communist party and state media outlets played a key role in spreading disinformation that framed the protests as a “pro-Hong Kong independence” movement.

22 October 2019

Ahead of Tunisia elections, social media was flooded with mis- and disinformation

In the months leading up to the elections, mis- and disinformation spread widely across social media platforms, Facebook in particular.

18 October 2019

How Ethiopia's ruling coalition created a playbook for disinformation

Manipulation tactics used by Ethiopia's ruling coalition members against each other in their internal power struggle serve as a blueprint for opposition groups to attack their opponents and the government.

15 October 2019

Zimbabwe government continues to weaponize information online to control citizen engagement

As a former state security minister, president Mnangagwa appreciated the importance and value of disinformation in Zimbabwe’s political terrain. 

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