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Inside the mind of Elon Musk

Since taking charge of Twitter in October, Elon Musk has temporarily banned some journalists from the platform, overhauled the verification system, reinstated Donald Trump's Twitter account and

The Jerusalem Post

Israel's top cigarette firm drove haredi smoking addiction with targeted ads

Using loopholes to the laws banning the advertisement of tobacco products, Philip Morris International spent NIS 3 million on targeted smoking and vaping ads in the haredi sector.
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Has Twitter become too much of a distraction?

Elon Musk is no longer the richest person in the world. He has seen his wealth cut in half after he purchased Twitter this year.

Trump, eyeing 2024, doubles down on vote conspiracy theories

Kicked off Twitter and Facebook after his supporters stormed the US Capitol, Donald Trump eventually set up his own platform Truth Social, declaring in April 2022 after a stumbling launch: "I'm Back! #COVFEFE."

Hackers, abusers and regulators may vex Musk at Twitter

Elon Musk's talk of slimming Twitter's staff and letting people post anything allowed by law is expected to clash with the reality of fending off hackers, trolls, police and regulators, experts say.
Toronto Sun

Vaccine-preventable illnesses return as inoculation declines

The alarm bells began to sound over standard immunizations as polio outbreaks began in a handful of countries.
Global News

Threats rise against FBI after search of Trump's Florida home

A week after executing a search warrant for classified documents at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, many of his supporters, including some Republicans in Congress, are taking aim at the FBI. As Jackson Proskow reports, the bureau is reporting an increase in threats.
CBC News Network

Russia Attacks Ukraine

Canada’s CBC News Network spoke to Henry Hale, professor of political science and international affairs.
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Ontario government staffer out of a job after $100 donation to Ottawa blockade, others under scrutiny

The director of communications in the Ontario ministry responsible for enforcing the law is out of a job after she was tied to a $100 donation supporting the convoy blockading Ottawa streets.
Toronto Star

Are vaccine protests in Canada a factor in Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine timeline?

One expert says Russia wants to exploit cultural tensions in the U.S. and Canada to undermine public faith in democracy.

After fueling Capitol riot, disinformation stalks US politics

he storming of the US Capitol pushed social media platforms to crack down on those who peddled the “stolen election” claim that drove it, but the narrative has survived and flourished o

Fulbright Finland Foundation

What Accounts For The Erosion of Liberal Democracy?

Center of Excellence convenes researchers from Europe and the U.S. for a workshop tackling a global challenge.
Fulbright Finland Foundation

Three U.S. Scholars Win The New Strategic Award

Three U.S. scholars have been awarded the Fulbright Finland Foundation’s new strategic grant, the Seeking Solutions for Global Challenges Award, for the academic year 2021-22. The inaugural recipients of the award are Associate Professor Peter Friedrich from Berry College, Associate Professor Lora Harris from the University of Maryland, and Professor Steven Livingston from George Washington University.
Daily Mail

COVID-19 misinformation was mainly spread online by bots in Facebook groups, study finds

Bots were the primary driver behind the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the sharing of different links related to the pandemic in more than 300,000 posts, mainly regarding the use of masks, made to Facebook groups.

Facebook reverses ban on content suggesting Covid-19 is man-made

Facebook has reversed its policy banning posts suggesting Covid-19 emerged from a laboratory amid renewed debate over the origins of the virus, raising fresh questions about social media's role

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Early online support for Boogaloo Boys followed similar pattern of ISIS, study suggests

A new study from George Washington University suggests that early online support for the extremist group the Boogaloos, also known as the Boogaloo Boys or "Bois", followed a similar mathematical pattern as that of the Islamic State, despite the stark differences in ideology, location and culture.
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Mathematical equation explains the rise of right wing extremist group in the United States

BBC World Service Radio spoke to Neil Johnson about his latest study which compares the growth of the Boogaloos to ISIS and suggests strategies for social media platforms to limit the growth of extremists groups online.
Open Access Government

New research explores digital evolution of US extremist groups

On 6 January, 2021, the world watched as an angry crowd broke into the Capitol building – here, researchers explore the evolution of US extremist groups and how this moment of violence happened.

‘Oldest’ political trick returns as gas prices become a front in US misinformation battle

Lindsay Battle says she knows “the truth” about why US gas prices in her area rose 90 cents a gallon in just over two months. “It’s because President Biden shut down the pipeline and because of all of his other policies... that make us reliant once again in the Middle East for oil,” she said.
La Libre Belgique

After Fox News, another media is a hit with "Trumpists"

Newsmax is the hot new medium among Trump supporters. They were “disappointed” by Fox News which notably recognized Biden's victory.

'Put Me In Jail': Fierce Covid Shot Resistance For US Republicans

Patients stream steadily into the Covid vaccine center that Todd Engle can almost touch from his West Virginia backyard. But like scores of other Republican voters, force would likely be required to get a dose into his arm.
Helsingin Sanomat

The new videos of the conquest of Congress are mute, but they also don’t take Republican support from Trump - there’s a logical explanation for that.

US President Donald Trump is on judgment. He is accused of inciting his supporters in a revolt aimed at overturning the democratic election result.
Huff Post

Facebook Banning Donald Trump Is Too Little Too Late

This is why we urgently need acknowledgment, recognition and regulation of tech giants when it comes to making their online spaces safe wrote IDDP Knight Fellow Seyi Akiwowo.

Covid-19 has made ending online abuse even more urgent

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced countries into lockdown and more of our lives moved online, alarm bells rang for Seyi Akiwowo, founder and executive director of UK charity Glitch!. “Increased internet usage means increased risk of being abused online,” she says.

Trump Team Pushes Social Media Limits As Election Looms

All three videos featured in social media of President Donald Trump and his team as recently as the past week as he sought to close the gap on his Democratic rival. And each was labeled as false or manipulated content by social media giants and fact checkers.
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'Slap them down' or hear them out: How to handle misinformation 'superspreaders'?

Almost as disturbing as the heat maps showing official death rates from COVID-19 every night on the news are those starting to circulate showing vast networks of influence of the global anti-vaccination movement, some of them run from Australia.
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Experimental Covid shots inject anti-vaccine sentiments

A study by researchers at the George Washington University says that groups opposing vaccines are small in size, but their online-communications strategy is worryingly effective and far-reaching.
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Anti-vaccination movements dominate on social networks. Find out how they are winning this "war"

How does a pandemic end, how do we recognize its end, is there a signal, a data, a curve to follow? 
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Misinformation and vaccines

BBC World Service Radio spoke to Neil Johnson, professor of physics, about misinformation about vaccines.
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The search for immunity

How does a pandemic end, how do we recognize its end, is there a signal, a data, a curve to follow? 
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The epidemiology of misinformation

The disturbing story of how the web is weaving weird connections between hippies, Nazis, Russian agents and the rest of us to spread lies about Covid-19
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Anti-vaxxers are gaining ground and can be in the majority within 10 years

At a time when many people are holding their breath until there is a safe vaccine that will help Covid-19 get out of the world, it seems almost surreal. The so-called anti-vaxxers are gaining ground. What's more, a recent study suggests that the anti-vaxxers are in the majority within 10 years. At least online.
Daily Mail

Map reveals 'battlegrounds' between anti-vaxxers and pro-vaccination communities on Facebook as they fight to win over those undecided about the treatment

As scientists work tirelessly to develop a vaccine that keeps the deadly coronavirus at bay, the views of anti-vaxxers are running rampant online and influencing communities undecided about the treatment.
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Anti-vaccine movement COVID-19 may compromise efforts to end pandemic, study warns

The scientific journal "Nature" details some of the narratives of opponents of the vaccines: they claim, for example, that the vaccine against the new coronavirus will be used to implant microchips in people and circulate the false information of the death of a woman who participated in a clinical trial in the United Kingdom. These groups are small but their online communication strategy is worryingly effective and comprehensive, warns an expert
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Thanks to Facebook, anti-vaxxers will soon be the majority - study

Despite the overwhelming evidence vaccines work, experts fear anti-vaxxers might soon outnumber those who believe in the science - with Facebook largely to blame. logo

The “secret of success” of the opponents of vaccination

There is still no vaccine that protects against the corona virus, but opponents of vaccination are already protesting against the need for vaccination. The numerical fringe group knows how to position itself in a way that is effective in terms of publicity - this is also shown by a new analysis of Facebook pages on the subject of vaccination.
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Anti-vaxxers could rule Facebook within a decade, researchers warn

Anti-vaxxers could rule the social media conversation in a decade if authorities don’t step in, an analysis of Facebook activity in the United States has found.
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Anti-vaxx views could become the norm in a decade, study claims

Anti-vaxx views could become the norm in just a decade, a new study warns.
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Scientists and health authorities are warned that health hoaxes are winning the battle in the networks

New research published in the journal 'Nature' warns scientists that they're fighting hoaxes and misinformation in the wrong place as a new map they've developed reveals that mistrust of healthcare experience is winning the battle In Internet.
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Anti-vaccine movements are winning in “ online competition ” and may come to dominate

A study analyzed the “online competition” on Facebook between pro and anti-vaccine movements and concluded that, if everything remains as it is now, within ten years the anti-vaccine position will dominate. The analysis may be useful for the current covid-19 pandemic.
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Anti-vaxxers on Facebook better at influencing undecided: study

New research suggests that people who are undecided about vaccines are more likely to be influenced on Facebook by anti-vaxxer groups than government health officials.
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Social networks influence more than official health sources

Communities in the social network Facebook that question the established health criteria are more effective than official sources in reaching and creating links with "undecided" groups, according to a study published in the journal Nature. logo

Successful antivaxxers have something for everyone

The scientific journal "Nature" details some of the narratives of opponents of the vaccines: they claim, for example, that the vaccine against the new coronavirus will be used to implant microchips in people and circulate the false information of the death of a woman who participated in a clinical trial in the United Kingdom. These groups are small but their online communication strategy is worryingly effective and comprehensive, warns an expert
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Coronavirus minute by minute: Mexico presents its plan for a "new normal"

In the first phase, the towns with the fewest cases will resume their economic activities and classes in schools from May 18. The last phase will start on July 1, but will be phased in.
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Media institutions demand more regulation

A report commissioned by the EU recommends stricter rules for social media when dealing with fake accounts and advertising. The State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia has so far even seen a "system failure".
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Artificial Intelligence Recognizes Pike News

A group of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence tool capable of identifying Pike News, even under camouflage as "satire." Social networks are dealing, only partially successfully, with a flood of Pike News in the network, disguised as a satire. Punch Line: The computer is still completely humorless.
The Sydney Morning Herald

Former extremist teams up with Facebook to help users avoid the recruitment 'rabbit hole'

The world's largest social media platform will target Australians who search for specific words and terms linked to violent extremism in an effort to combat terrorism and hate organisations.
European Scientist

How do hate groups persist on social media platforms? Researchers shed some light.

Social media have enabled a world of interconnectedness. But with this comes opportunities for less virtuous organisations to spread their messages. And also creates a world-wide platform for recruiters seeking impressionable minds to join their cause.
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How hatred spreads on the Internet

Researchers uncovered complex global network structures of various sizes and suggested some counter-strategies

Global online ‘hate highways’ are squeezing the web and scientists are trying to stop them

In a report published in Nature, scientists have shown how previous attempts to tackle hate speech groups have often strengthened overall ‘hate networks’, instead of weakening them as intended. logo

Worse than a virus: they discover how hatred by social networks spreads

Scientists have created a mathematical model to study how hate groups grow and communicate and to combat them effectively logo

Social media: networks of hate

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Co not only help to spread fake news and rumors, they are also breeding grounds for racism, fundamentalism and other extremist views. US researchers have now examined for the first time in more detail how hatred spreads in such networks and why it persists. logo

With maths against online hatred

Only around a million people worldwide are responsible for a large part of right-wing radical hatred on the Internet. This is reported by US mathematicians in a network study that also makes very simple suggestions to combat hate.
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Internet created the first map that traces the spread of hatred online

Online hatred thrives through self-organized, scalable groups that connect to form resilient networks, spread across multiple social platforms, in multiple countries and in multiple languages.