Click Here For Outrage: Disinformation in the European Parliamentary Elections 2019

Published: 26th June 2020
Written By: Chloe Colliver

This report details the findings of ISD’s research on disinformation activities during the European Parliamentary Elections in 2019. It lays out the tactics and actors involved in covert disinformation campaigns, the targets of their activities, and what that might mean for the future of disinformation around elections and beyond. It evaluates the responses from tech companies and governments to these challenges during the election campaign and in the immediate aftermath, culminating in a set of concrete proposals for filling the gaps that this assessment clearly signposts. And finally, it seeks to provide an honest review of the successes and challenges of this kind of model for understanding and mitigating the impact of disinformation, highlighting what remained elusive as well as what was possible, and proposes a series of lessons to be taken forward into upcoming elections and ongoing digital regulation debates across the globe.

Hosting the ‘Holohoax’: A Snapshot of Holocaust Denial Across Social Media

This briefing paper examines the extent to which Holocaust denial content is readily accessible across Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube. This paper also demonstrates how appropriately applied content moderation policies can be effective in denying dangerous conspiracy theorists a public platform by examining how Holocaust denial content has decreased significantly in the past year on YouTube.

Developing a Civil Society Response to Online Manipulation

This document presents a vision for a pan-civil societal response to online manipulation. In part, it argues, this will come down to capability: building a pooled detection capacity to function as a transparent, public interest alter­native to those built by the tech giants. In part, it will require new organisational philosophies and forms of co-operation, and in part new approaches to funding and support.

The 101 of Disinformation Detection

Disinformation can threaten the activities, objectives and individuals associated with civil society groups and their work. This toolkit lays out an approach that organisations can undertake to begin to track online disinformation on subjects that they care about. The process is intended to have a very low barrier to entry, with each stage achievable using either over-the-counter or free-to-use social media analysis tools.