The virus, the war, elections, and much more… What did fact-checked disinformation look like in the first six month of 2022 in France, Germany, and Spain?

This blogpost investigates the main disinformative trends circulating between January and June 2022 in France, Germany, and Spain.

Research is a core part of what we do. It involves identifying, uncovering, and explaining disinformation campaigns and networks, using open source investigation techniques (OSINT) and social media network analysis methodologies. We disseminate our findings via our partnerships with the media and leading experts in the field.

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This blogpost investigates the main disinformative trends circulating between January and June 2022 in France, Germany, and Spain.
Thanks to this technical document, you will get access to the codebook guiding the work of the EU DisinfoLab Research Team.
This blogpost looks into 169 disinformation items linked to the 2022 French presidential elections to better understand the main actors and narratives of these electoral hoaxes, together with their formats and characteristics.
A growing anti-Russian sentiment has been reported in several European countries since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The scenario is complex and diverse across Europe.
The EU DisinfoLab impact-risk index offers an approach to assess the potential impact of single hoaxes. The method goes through a list of eight indicators related to the virality and engagement of a single disinformative content.
This Digital Services Act User-Guide will answer all the questions you might have about the upcoming DSA, a groundbreaking law on internet safety and platform accountability.
This article reviews how users can appeal (in)action taken against content and/or accounts on four major social media platforms. It provides policy advice in the context of the next steps of the EU Digital Services Act (DSA), in particular Article 17 concerning internal complaint handling and redress mechanisms.
The investigation identifies online groups that offer users the possibility to become members of the Illuminati upon payment of a membership fee. The study unveils an under-investigated phenomenon, which combines potential online scams and dangerous conspiracy beliefs about the deep state.
The VUB and EU DisinfoLab have joined forces under the EDMO Belux project to publish an investigation, “From Infodemic to Information War”, about the evolution and convergence of disinformative narratives around the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
Ana Romero-Vicente, Researcher at EU DisinfoLab Executive Summary The study tackles a dozen disinformation websites to explore a fairly under-researched phenomenon on the rise in wake of the pandemic: requesting donations from readers in the form of cryptocurrencies.