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    1. Meta, the parent company of Facebook today said that it is partnering with the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC), civil society groups and local radio stations to stop spread of fake news and protect the integrity of the Nigerian 2023 general elections.

      TITLE: Meta partners with Nigerian organisations to combat disinformation ahead of 2023 elections

      CONTENT: Meta announced they will partner with the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC), civil society groups and local radio stations to combat the spread of disinformation and protect the integrity of the Nigerian 2023 general elections. The approach has also been informed by conversations with human rights groups, NGOs, local civil society organisations, regional experts and local election authorities and consists of a series of measures to promote good practices and make it easier for audiences to distinguish trusted content from dubious claims. For instance, the official Facebook page on the 2023 elections on its platform will have a blue tick which confirms the authentic of the results posted on the INEC official website. Additionally, Meta has quadrupled the size of its global teams working on safety and security to about 40,000 people, including over 15,000 content reviewers in every major timezone. Collectively, these reviewers are able to review content in more than 70 languages- including Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.

      EXCERPT: Meta announced they will partner with the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC), civil society groups and local radio stations to combat the spread of disinformation and protect the integrity of the Nigerian 2023 general elections.

      LINK: https://leadership.ng/meta-partners-inec-ngos-to-combat-2023-elections-fake-news/

      TREND: Fake news

      DATE: 08/12/2022

      COUNTRY: Nigeria

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  2. Nov 2022
    1. Taiwan says it sees less Chinese interference ahead of elections

      TITLE: Taiwanese Foreign Minister attests decreased Chinese interference in upcoming elections

      CONTENT: Taiwan has repeatedly accused China of attempts to meddle in their elections with online disinformation campaigns. China, which claims the democratically governed island as its own territory, has always played a role in Taiwanese politics. However, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said to the press ahead of the elections that this time around it seemed like there has been less interference from the Chinese government. Still, more recent news reports do find evidence of Chinese disinformation operations in Taiwan. China's Taiwan Affairs Office did not respond to requests for comment by Reuters.

      EXCERPT: Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said to the press ahead of the elections that this time around it seemed like there has been less interference from the Chinese government.

      LINK: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taiwan-says-it-sees-less-chinese-interference-ahead-elections-2022-11-23/

      TREND: Fake news

      DATE: 27/11/2022

      COUNTRY: Taiwan

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    1. Emmanuel Macron has accused Russia of feeding disinformation to further its “predatory project” in Africa, where France has had military setbacks.

      TITLE: Macron accuses Russia of financing disinformation projects in Africa

      CONTENT: In an interview with TV5 Monde, Emmanuel Macron has accused Russia of spreading disinformation to further its “predatory project” in Africa. He explained that there are several different actors with the intention to spread disinformation in the continent in order to hurt France after its military setback in the Region. In particular, there is concern regarding the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group that built connections with Mali’s military after France pulled its troops out of the country. Russia has rejected the accusations and Yevgeny Prigozhin, the businessman believed by the EU to be behind the Wagner Group called the reports “fakes, outright lies and … falsification”.

      EXCERPT: In an interview with TV5 Monde, Emmanuel Macron has accused Russia of spreading disinformation to further its “predatory project” in Africa.

      LINK: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/20/emmanuel-macron-accuses-russia-of-feeding-disinformation-in-africa

      TREND: Fake news

      DATE: 21/11/2022

      COUNTRY: Russia, France, Mali

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    1. How climate disinformation is spreading after Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover

      TITLE: Activists express concerns about climate disinformation on Twitter after Musk's takeover

      CONTENT: Activists have been expressing their concerns about climate disinformation on Twitter after Musk's takeover. Although there has not been an explicit policy change in Twitter’s approach to tackling climate disinformation on the platform, Musk fired Twitter’s sustainability team within a wider cull of staff two days before the start of COP27. Jennie King, head of civic action and education at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) explained that Twitter was supposed to be the voice of COP27, according to a campaign planned in advance alongside climate advocates. However, she expressed that all the intermediaries on the company were laid off and since then there has been a spike in outright climate denial on the platform,

      EXCERPT: Activists have been expressing their concerns about climate disinformation on Twitter after Musk's takeover. Although there has not been an explicit policy change in Twitter’s approach to tackling climate disinformation on the platform, Musk fired Twitter’s sustainability team within a wider cull of staff two days before the start of COP27.

      LINK: https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/11/17/how-climate-disinformation-is-spreading-after-elon-musks-twitter-takeover

      TREND: Fake news

      DATE: 18/11/2022

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    1. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was taken to hospital after arriving in Indonesia's Bali for the G20 summit, the Associated Press reported on Monday, a report that Moscow dismissed as "fake news".

      TITLE: Moscow claims that reports of their hospitalised foreign minister at G20 are 'fake news'

      CONTENT: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Bali to represent Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit. Lavrov was taken to the hospital shortly after arriving in Bali and the Associated Press reported on Monday that Lavrov was being treated for a heart condition, citing several sources. Nevertheless, Russia's foreign ministry spokesperson claimed that the report was baseless and dismissed the situation by calling it "fake news".

      EXCERPT: Russia's foreign ministry spokesperson claims that reports of their hospitalised foreign minister at G20 are 'fake news'

      LINK: https://www.reuters.com/world/russian-foreign-minister-taken-hospital-after-arriving-g20-summit-ap-2022-11-14/

      TREND: fake news

      DATE: 14/11/2022

      COUNTRY: Russia

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    1. Fighting Misinformation Online

      TITLE: Fighting Misinformation Online

      CONTENT: Fighting Misinformation Online summit in Brussels and online. The event will be hosted by Annette Kroeber-Riel, (VP, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Europe at Google) alongside YouTube, the EUI and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation at De Warande, Brussels.

      Speakers

      Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission Jon Ronson, non-fiction author and documentary maker Krisztina Stump, Head of Unit, Media Convergence and Social Media, European Commission Alexander Stubb: former President of Finland and Director at the European University Institute Tali Sharot, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

      EXCERPT: Fighting Misinformation Online summit in Brussels and online.

      LINK: https://newsonair.withgoogle.com/events/fighting-misinformation-online

      TREND: Fake news

      DATE: 29/11/2022

      COUNTRY: Belgium (and online)

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    1. Primera condena en España por difundir ‘fake news’ sobre los menores migrantes

      TITLE: Police Officer becomes first person in Spain with criminal conviction for spreading fake news

      CONTENT: A Guardia Civil officer becomes the first person in Spain with a criminal conviction for spreading fake news on social media. He was convicted for publishing a video of a brutal aggression to a woman and assigning the blame to a gang of migrant children housed at a residence in Canet de Mar (Barcelona). The aggression had actually happened in China and had nothing to do with the migrant children he had falsely accused. The police officer accepted he had posted fake news driven by his animosity towards Moroccan immigrants and was given a 15-month prison sentence. However, he will be exempted from spending time in jail as long as he attends a reeducation course and does not commit any further xenophobic crimes. The court stated that posts like this are very harmful for democracy, as they increase prejudice towards vulnerable groups.

      EXCERPT: A Guardia Civil officer becomes the first person in Spain with a criminal conviction for spreading fake news on social media. He was convicted for publishing a video of a brutal aggression to a woman and assigning the blame to a gang of migrant children housed at a residence near Barcelona.

      LINK: https://elpais.com/espana/catalunya/2022-11-08/primera-condena-en-espana-por-difundir-fake-news-sobre-los-menores-migrantes.html?utm_source=LinkedIn&ssm=LK_CM#Echobox=1667978794

      TOPIC: Freedom of expression

      TREND: Fake News

      PROCESS: Related process(es)

      DATE: 9/11/2022

      COUNTRY: Spain

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    1. But more than any single post, the danger of manipulated media lies in the way it risks further damaging the ability of many social media users to depend on concepts like truth and proof. The existence of deepfakes, which are usually created by grafting a digital face onto someone else’s body, is being used as an accusation and an excuse by those hoping to discredit reality and dodge accountability — a phenomenon known as the liar’s dividend

      Title: Misinformation experts express concern about manipulated content on TikTok

      Content: Experts who study misinformation are expressing concerns about manipulated video and photo content on TikTok. Manipulated media is a key feature on the platform and is mostly used as an entertainment or humorous resource. However, fake news stories and deepfake images of politicians are starting to become a pervasive reality on the popular video platform. These techniques are being applied to posts that sow political division, advance conspiracy theories and threaten the core tenets of democracy ahead of the midterm elections. Henry Ajder, an expert on manipulated and synthetic media stated: “When this volume of content can be created so quickly and at such scale, it completely changes the landscape.” Experts also said it is especially difficult to detect and moderate this kind of content on TikTok, where an estimated 1.6 billion active users put their own stamp on someone else’s content, and where objective facts, satire and outright deceit sometimes blend together in the fast-moving feed. Regardless of single posts, the largest concern is about how these apps where manipulated media is a feature blurs the users ability to tell the difference between truth and fake.

      Excerpt: Experts who study misinformation are expressing concerns about manipulated video and photo content on TikTok. The largest concern is about how these apps where manipulated media is a key feature blurrs the users ability to tell the difference between truth and fake.

      Link: (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/04/technology/tiktok-deepfakes-disinformation.html)

      Trend: Fake news

      Date: November 4th

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