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# Misinformation

Last month
January 2023
# Protests
'We must reclaim the streets from the far-right': Ballymun planning events to welcome refugees
Members of the far-right are “preying” on fears of some local people in Ballymun, a People Before Profit activist has said.
Last year
2022
# factcheck
FactCheck newsletter: Covid, climate change and Ukraine dominated disinformation narratives in 2022
The ‘unholy trinity’ were prevalent throughout Europe this 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.
Voices
Opinion: How conspiracy communities are using predictable tactics to spread falsehoods about RSV
Aoife Gallagher and Clara Martiny explain how online communities have turned to a new winter virus.
# Twitter
Twitter lifts policy intended to prevent spread of Covid misinformation
As of September of this year, Twitter had suspended 11,230 accounts under the policy.
Voices
Opinion: Trans rights issues are being used as a right-wing recruitment tool
Aoife Gallagher argues that anti-trans campaigners do not have science on their side no matter how hard they try.
# 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
HSE flagged over 3,000 Covid-19 social media posts due to misinformation
Most of the flagged posts were on Twitter.
# misinfo
Financial advisor warns against hoax crypto ads featuring Leo Varadkar and other public figures
Users of multiple websites reported encountering the false ad featuring the FG leader in recent weeks.
# factcheck
Debunked: TikTok videos touting unproven and potentially dangerous 'herbal abortion' methods
The videos have circulated since the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v Wade rulin.
Clips circulating on TikTok recently have suggested how women can terminate their own pregnancies, Brianna Parkins writes.
Many videos have cited the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade last month.
Medical experts have warned against using such methods because they are possibly dangerous and there is no evidence to support them.
# 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?
# cancer risk
Happy Pear twins apologise after criticism of breast cancer video
The Irish Cancer Society said the majority of cancers occur for reasons “out of anyone’s control”.
# the good information project
"Our current approach is insufficient" - The fight against foreign interference in Europe's institutions
The EU has spent 18 months looking into how malicious foreign actors are manipulating public debate. It has plans for how to stop them – but will they work?
# 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.
# climate misinformation
'Some narratives have been crafted by PR professionals in the US, pushed by vested interests'
Research has found that climate misinformation is usually produced by well-resourced organisations rather than at grassroots level.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is this a photo of Dynamo Kyiv players armed in military gear?
Social media posts claim ‘football practice is off the schedule’ as one of Ukraine’s most successful teams kits out in army combats to join the mililtary.
# TGIP live
Watch our LIVE event: Tools, tactics & strategies - how we can get ahead in the online disinfo war
Watch our expert panel discussion on how to stop misinformation.
# 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?
# FAKE NEWS
Poll: Who is most responsible for stopping the spread of misinformation?
Misinformation is becoming increasingly hard to avoid, and its effects are deeply harming society. Who should be leading the charge against it?
# the good information project
Are we winning the fight against misinformation?
Is it even winnable at all? Or is false information just a fact of life now?
# Analysis
How Russia is using fake fact-checks to spread disinformation about Ukraine
One of the tools used against false news online is being weaponised to spread the very thing it was designed to fight against.
Russian website are increasingly using the fact-check and debunk format to sow doubt about what's happening in Ukraine, Brianna Parkins writes.
Social media feeds have recently featured red stamps declaring things as 'fake' that are actually real.
Experts suggest that traditional fact-check formats will have to adapt to combat the problem.
The Journal FactCheck joins Irish alliance to detect and respond to disinformation
Disinformation, Ukraine and the war of words on social media
# 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.
# Misinformation
Irish scientists on TikTok describe trolling and misinformation working on Covid campaign
The SciComm Collective, launched In the first half of last year, was intended to get the government’s Covid-19 messaging out to young people.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you boycott Spotify over Covid-19 misinformation?
Neil Young has accused Spotify of “spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death”.
'They're not going to go away': Where does Ireland's anti-lockdown movement go next?
Some Covid sceptics have become emboldened by the easing of restrictions.
Parts of the anti-lockdown movement have shifted their focus since restrictions were eased last week, Stephen McDermott writes.
Sceptics and conspiracy theorists believe the Government announcement precedes a bigger crisis.
Recent events suggest the movement may be becoming more regionalised and attracting smaller numbers.
# Joe Rogan
Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in boycotting Spotify over Covid 'lies'
“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” the singer said.
# debunked
Debunked: No, this politician didn't fake his Covid vaccine booster
Social media claims this photo shows the cap was on the needle, meaning the injection didn’t happen.
# Misinformation
Facebook runs dozens of ads targeting Irish users with anti-vaccine and Covid-sceptic content
Several ads were removed by the social media firm this week.
A search of Facebook’s ad library this week found 40 ads sharing pandemic-related misinformation or Covid-sceptic slogans, Stephen McDermott writes.
Advertisers included a company selling t-shirts, video bloggers promoting and a firm offering a 'vaccine detox' retreat in the south of Spain.
A Government TD described the level of misinformation in the ads as "absolutely startling".
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# Talking Points
How to talk to your loved ones about misinformation without ruining Christmas
We talked to experts about how to approach that Facebook theory-loving family member.
# Covid sceptics
'Violent rhetoric' within Irish anti-lockdown movement 'should not be underestimated' - report
The ISD report details some of the main players in Ireland’s anti-lockdown movement.
# covid misinformation
Facebook removes page of controversial Covid campaigner Dolores Cahill over misinformation
Cahill has made a number of false or misleading claims about the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic.
# Misinformation
Group spreading false Covid-19 claims doubled Facebook interactions in six months
World Doctors Alliance was co-founded by former UCD Professor Dolores Cahill.
# Misinformation
Sexual health education in Ireland not just outdated but 'often inaccurate', study finds
It found that 85% of young people have been exposed to misinformation about sexual health.
# Frances Haugen
Five things we've learned from the Facebook whistleblower
Frances Haugen has called for the social media giant to be regulated.
# Facebook
Facebook prioritises own interests over public good, whistleblower claims
Facebook’s annual revenue has more than doubled since 2018 to a projected $102.5 billion (£88 billion) this year.