Online abuse of candidates in the US 2020 Elections
ISD launches Digital Dispatches
Global Mayors and Practitioners Convene for Strong Cities Network 5 Year Anniversary
Announcement: ISD’s Farah Pandith is First Muhammad Ali Global Peace Laureate
ISD in the Media
BBC World Service, Newshour – Rashad Ali speaks on on the arrest of a hoax ISIS foreign fighter in Canada (Listen from 14:00).
Agence France Presse, “QAnon conspiracies go global in pandemic ‘perfect storm’ “ – Mackenzie Hart comments on QAnon as a global phenomenon.
National Public Radio, “Social Media Companies Brace For Post-Election Threats” – Chloe Colliver discusses what social media platforms should be doing to respond to election misinformation and voter suppression.
New York Times, “Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day,” – This article cites ISD research about misinformation alleging a Democrat-led coup on Election Day in the US.
Vice, “Facebook’s QAnon Ban Is Too Little, Too Late” – Aoife Gallagher and Ciarán O’Connor both discuss Facebook’s recent ban on QAnon content.
The Today Show (NBC) – Aoife Gallagher discusses the rise of QAnon and Facebook’s recent ban of QAnon content.
The Times (UK), “Far right recruiting children on YouTube” – Jacob Davey discusses recruitment of children by the far right on YouTube.
The Telegraph (UK), “Social media must clean up their algorithms – for the sake of our kids – and of our health” – ISD research used in this analysis of the responsibilities of social media companies.
The New Statesman, “The rise of the Proud Boys in the US” – Jacob Davey discusses the activism of the Proud Boys, cited in the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Politico, “Crazy Nancy, Crooked Donald — two linked Facebook pages show the allure of political discord” – Daniel Maki comments on how two opposing Spanish language political pages on Facebook, orchestrated by the same individual, reached more people than mainstream newspaper sites.
Reuters, “Factbox: What is QAnon and how are online platforms taking action on it?” – ISD’s research on QAnon is cited in a “Factbox” article for the global syndication service Reuters.
The Sun, “How QAnon conspiracy extremists are luring in Brits with warped theories about Covid & tortured kids ‘hidden in tunnels’” – Aoife Gallagher pens an op-ed offering a comprehensive overview of QAnon for one of Britain’s leading tabloids.
Global News (Canada), “Facebook bans QAnon conspiracy theory groups” – Mackenzie Hart discusses the rise of QAnon in Canada and Facebook’s recent ban of QAnon content.
Buzzfeed, “Here’s How A Group Of Radical Militants Hatched A Plan To Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Before The Election” – Ciarán O’Connor discusses the use of private Facebook groups by militia members arrested for attempting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Wired, “QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are” – ISD’s recent report on QAnon is cited in this article on QAnon supporters.
Washington Post, The Technology 202 – This article features coverage of ISD’s recent report on candidate abuse.
Vox, “Facebook and Twitter said they would crack down on QAnon, but the delusion seems unstoppable” – Aoife Gallagher discusses Facebook’s crackdown on QAnon.
BBC World Service, “US election 2020: TikTok gets pulled into the campaigns” – Ciarán O’Connor discusses the use of TikTok in the US2020 election campaigns.
MIT Technology Review, “How much more abuse do female politicians face? A lot.” – This story includes coverage of ISD’s recent report on candidate abuse.
The Times (Ireland), “Ireland’s far right unmasked” – Aoife Gallagher contributes to a story about the resurgence of Ireland’s far right.
Al Jazeera, “Canada rights organisations urge PM to dismantle far-right groups” – ISD’s research on Canada’s far right is cited in an article covering pressure on PM Justin Trudeau to establish a plan to dismantle 300 far-right groups.
Der Spiegel, “QAnon’s Inexorable Spread Beyond the U.S.” – Julia Ebner discusses the impact of QAnon in Germany.
France 24 (en français), “Holocauste : la tardive volte-face de Facebook sur le négationnisme” – Jakob Guhl discusses Facebook’s ban on Holocaust denial following ISD’s recent research report on the subject.
El Diario (en Español), “Julia Ebner, infiltrada en grupos radicales: ‘La extrema derecha y los yihadistas se parecen en sus frustraciones y su deseo de volver al pasado'” – This interview with Julia Ebner addresses the rise of the far right in America and Europe. Her recent book, The Secret Life of Extremists, will be published in Spanish this month.