State media warning labels can counteract the effects of foreign misinformation

October 30, 2020

Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review

The rise of disinformation campaigns on social media has led platforms to lay out wide-ranging solutions to mitigate foreign interference — from building out automatic detection mechanisms for coordinated inauthentic behavior to manual investigations of suspicious networks. However, when it comes to disinformation from state-controlled media sources platforms’ options are more limited. Most often channels like Russia’s RT1 and Iran’s PressTV do not technically violate a platform’s terms of service and so cannot be removed. However, they still play a vital role in the disinformation ecosystem. Not only do they put out disinformation through their websites and social media channels, they are key nodes in coordinated campaigns, as well. 

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