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# disinformation

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
Meta unveils framework for combatting online deception campaigns
Meta remains under pressure to do more to combat misinformation, particularly campaigns aimed at swaying election outcomes.
This month
March 2023
# anti-migrant protests
'It's relentless': The toll of online abuse on community groups supporting asylum seekers
One local activist told The Journal that some of what is being said is “intimidation and just outright lies”.
FactCheck newsletter: Despite Covid's lessons about fake news, history is now repeating itself
The anti-migrant playbook is almost identical to how things unfolded in early 2020.
Last month
February 2023
The 15-minute city: how Ireland's conspiracy theorists grew to fear an urban planning concept
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The concept has become an unlikely flashpoint in a global culture war.
# disinformation
Working group established to counter spread of 'false and harmful' disinformation
The group is aiming to publish a new National Counter Disinformation Strategy by the end of the year.
# Simon Harris
Harris says decision-making process for those seeking asylum will be accelerated
People seeking asylum will have decisions on their application made more quickly, the justice minister said.
Last year
# critical thinking
Media literacy efforts in Ireland to be supported by new awards
Media Literacy Ireland wants to highlight work that empowers public with critical skills.
# Spain
Spanish policeman gets jail term over Twitter disinformation
The man also claimed that mainstream media was covering up the rape.
# newsletter
FactCheck: Sign up to The Journal's monthly newsletter about misinformation trends
See how we’re fighting back with quality information every month – and what’s happening in the wider world of disinformation.
# Misinformation
The Good Information Podcast: Misinformation - is there still time to win the battle?
Are tools such as pre-bunking, strong legislation and public literacy enough to halt disinformation?
# Podcast
The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?
The Good Information Project has been looking at the fight against misinfo and disinfo, and this week on the podcast we’re taking a look at how factchecking and how it works.
# the good information project
The war on misinformation: What counts as a win?
Will we ever be free of bad information or do we simply learn coping strategies to keep up the fight?
# Russian Disinformation
Watch: Open Newsroom - The EU frontline against Russian disinformation
Watch our Open Newsroom session on Russia disinformation and what we can all do to push back against it
# sandy hook
Conspiracy website Infowars files for bankruptcy as Alex Jones faces libel lawsuits
Jones previously claimed that the Sandy Hook school shootings did not happen.
# open newsroom
Open Newsroom invitation: The EU frontline against Russian disinformation
Get involved with our reporting on disinformation by signing up for our Open Newsroom webinar.
# over to you
Open Thread: How have you been affected by false information?
We want to hear about how disinformation and misinformation have popped up in your life. What effect has dodgy information had on you and your loved ones?
# disinformation
'Staged' corpses and blame for Ukraine: How Russia has tried to sow doubt about deaths in Bucha
The EU is set to investigate possible war crimes in the town.
# edmo ireland
The Journal FactCheck joins Irish alliance to detect and respond to disinformation
Academics, technology and fact-checking experts are designing “whole-society” response to disinformation campaigns.
# Propaganda
Russia using disinformation to create 'division and distrust', EU official says
Some anti-vaccine accounts on social media have now have turned to spreading lies about Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.
# factcheck
FactCheck newsletter: Russia is fighting an 'Information War' - and it has spread to Ireland
Disinformation is significant aspect of the crisis unfolding in eastern Europe.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Sign up to The Journal's monthly newsletter about misinformation trends
See how we’re fighting misinformation and disinformation every month.
# Misinformation
Disinformation, Ukraine and the war of words on social media
In the first 14 hours of the invasion fact-checkers had already found 34 pieces of disinformation about the conflict.
# hey hey my my
Spotify removing Neil Young's music after rocker's Joe Rogan ultimatum
Young has accused the streaming service of “spreading fake information about vaccines” by hosting Rogan’s podcast.
All time
# Donegal
Family of patient encouraged to leave Donegal hospital criticise group involved and apologise to staff
The patient in question left the hospital following the video but returned by ambulance two days later.
# disinformation
'Critical shortcomings' on social media companies in tackling disinformation, report finds
Research undertaken on behalf of the BAI and published today analysed 47 monthly transparency reports.
# Nicole Cahill
Family hit out at use of deceased young woman's image by anti-vaccination groups
The woman’s family have rejected attempts to use her death in an anti-vaccine campaign.
# disinformation laundromat
Facebook shuts down disinformation operation seeking to spread Covid-19 hoaxes
The operation targeted primarily India and Latin America.
Opinion: First rule of social media? Don’t engage with The Horrible People
Aoife Gallagher says it’s tempting to share content that horrifies you, but it only serves to amplify the hate.
'I hung up for the last time': How I lost my partner to conspiracy theories
Our reader documents her relationship with a partner who became an advocate of online conspiracy theories.
# Podcast
The Explainer: From influencers to QAnon - how misinformation changed in Ireland over the past year
From WhatsApp messages to conspiracy theories, we explore how misinformation has evolved over the last 12 months.
Opinion: Lack of trust in politics in a pandemic is a breeding ground for disinformation
Joe Galvin outlines how far-right groups are capitalising on current frustrations around Covid restrictions.
Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that
Dr Jane Suiter explores how one of the biggest challenges to public health in 2021 will be conspiracy theories around vaccines.
# Coronavirus
From Myanmar, New York, Mexico, Switzerland to Ireland: The global spread of Covid misinformation
There have been countless claims made about Covid-19. We examined the origins of a select few.
# disinformation
Not enough is being done to label fake news on social media sites - report
FuJo Director Jane Suiter said that the “most significant shortcoming of empowering consumers” was labelling trustworthy content.
# Journalism
No plans for TV licence payment moratorium during Covid-19 crisis
RTÉ announced yesterday that it will be availing of the wage subsidy scheme.
# Going Viral
'Organic but organised': How misinformation is spreading in the UK election campaign
A photo of a young boy on a hospital floor and a punch-that-wasn’t have shaped the debate ahead of tomorrow’s election.
# disinformation
EU says 'Russian sources' tried to undermine European election vote
The commission said it will take time to determine the “scope and impact” of the disinformation campaigns.
# Eighth Ref
'Force them to take responsibility': Press Ombudsman wants crackdown on Facebook misinformation
Peter Feeney called for stricter regulation on social media at a conference in Dublin this week.