COVID-19 Disinformation Briefing No.2

COVID-19 Disinformation Briefing No.2 – 9th April 2020

Briefing paper

This is the second in a series of briefings from ISD’s Digital Research Unit on the information ecosystem around coronavirus (COVID-19).

These briefings expose how technology platforms are being used to promote disinformation, hate, extremism and authoritarianism in the context of COVID-19. It is based on ISD’s mixture of natural language processing, network analysis and ethnographic online research.

This briefing focuses on the way far-right groups and individuals are mobilising around COVID-19 in the US. The first briefing in the series can be found on ISD’s website.

Desinformationskampagnen gegen die Wahl: Befunde aus Sachsen-Anhalt

In deutschsprachigen sozialen Medien nehmen Kampagnen, die es zum Ziel haben, Zweifel an der Rechtmäßigkeit von Wahlen zu säen, an Fahrt auf. Dieser Kurzbericht des ISD Germany befasst sich mit Desinformationsversuchen im Kontext der Landtagswahl in Sachsen-Anhalt.

A Snapshot of Far-Right Activity on Gab in Australia

This report provides an analysis of far-right mobilisation on Gab in Australia, based on the analysis of over 45,000 posts produced between 1 January and 30 September 2020. Through this analysis, the study helps evidence the role Gab plays as a hub for explicitly antisemitic far-right extremism and radicalism in the Australian context.