Disinfo Update 04/05/2021

In an effort to assess the commitments of platform signatories of the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation towards individual member states, EU DisinfoLab analysed their monthly COVID-19 disinformation monitoring reports from August 2020 to March 2021.

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Nicolas Hénin, EU DisinfoLab external researcher, has undertaken a narrative study of the coverage of vaccines by Russian state media in the French language, specifically in Sputnik France and Russia Today en français.
YouTube is introducing a metric called “Violative View Rate” (VVR), designed to estimate the percentage of views on the platform that are of videos which violate the platform’s terms of service.
Don’t miss our discussion tomorrow with the lead authors of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) report: Technology and Democracy: Understanding the Influence of Online Technologies on Political Behaviour and Decision-Making
Last week Facebook announced new actions to disrupt a network of hackers targeting the Uyghur community, including individuals living in the United States, Turkey, Syria, Australia and Canada.
In the UK, conspiracy theories and anti-vaccine messages are being circulated in printed leaflets, sometimes with QR codes or links to websites and Facebook groups.
The Commission consults stakeholders to prepare new EU Code of Practice on Disinformation. An update from our Advocacy Coordinator Thomas Grandjouan
In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, we want to highlight the work of women promoting a healthier digital society and safeguarding our digital information ecosystem, and also acknowledge the rise in online violence against women and the threat of gendered disinformation.
EU DisinfoLab has chosen to focus this week’s newsletter on Italy’s disinformation landscape and measures to fight it, as the country recently marked one year since the first COVID-19 case.
Yesterday Australia’s Digital Industry Group (DIGI), a body representing several large technology companies, released a voluntary Code of Practice on Misinformation and Disinformation.