Elise Thomas discusses how Facebook’s decision to block Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform created a short-lived experiment as to what happens to disinformation and conspiracy theories in the absence of journalism on social media platforms.
This Dispatches post examines how the "Great Reset" conspiracy is growing among online communities in the Netherlands, and how the leader of a Dutch right-wing populist party has played a key role in mainstreaming it.
In recent months, clashes at anti-lockdown protests have shown how online vitriol can lead to offline violence. In this weeks' COVID-19 Vaccination Misinformation Monitor, we take a look at the nature of some of this online vitriol. We focus on Irish COVID-19 vaccine misinformation communities on Facebook - and find they are on the rise.