Stories about Disinformation

8 April 2019

Morocco’s Hirak movement has gone quiet, but the crackdown on independent media continues

The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.

4 April 2019

How pro-government media in Morocco use “fake news” to target and silence Rif activists

While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.

27 March 2019

With elections just days away, Ukraine faces disinformation, cyber attacks and further Russian interference

Ukraine may be home to “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda.” How will this affect the presidential election?

8 March 2019

Russia’s latest ‘anti-fake news law’ is so bad even Kremlin pranksters hate it

Provisions of the new law make it clear that its real target are the online news outlets still not fully controlled by the state or its subsidiaries.

6 February 2019

Russian ‘anti-fake news’ bill rushed through parliament despite vocal opposition

Both the "anti-fake news" bill and its twin initiative against offending the authorities use Germany and other Western countries' laws as inspiration.

15 January 2019

Venezuela's crisis of political legitimacy has rocked Wikipedia — and might have led to its blocking

Venezuelan Wikipedians are at war over a question rattling the country: Who has legitimate claim to the presidency?

17 December 2018

What do Chinese internet users think of Google's ‘Dragonfly’ project?

Internet users remain divided over whether or not Google's supposed return to China is a good thing -- or not.

12 December 2018

Serbian internet users ridicule disinformation broadcast by pro-government media

Local media misinformed the public about the scale and scope of the protest, sparking a cascade of online criticism.

11 December 2018

Singapore government threatens critics and independent media with defamation claims

"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"

3 December 2018

Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats

A former Macedonian government official revealed that the former ruling party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".