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The role of “media” in producing and spreading disinformation campaigns

Quality journalism and honest reporting bring crucial facts to the public. But, in numerous cases, “media” (whether self-depicted or registered) have played a role in producing and distributing disinformation campaigns. In this research paper, the EU DisinfoLab highlights the most damaging examples of disinformation campaigns involving “media” as key players of these malicious strategies.

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Quality journalism and honest reporting bring crucial facts to the public. But, in numerous cases, “media” (whether self-depicted or registered) have played a role in producing and distributing disinformation campaigns.
by Nicolas Tenzer. This op-ed from Nicolas Tenzer is a translation, slightly adapted and referenced, of an op-ed published on 17 September 2021 in French by the newspaper Le Monde and on Mr Tenzer’s website.
We are delighted to announce that Camille François, global expert on disinformation, has been appointed Member of the EU DisinfoLab Board of Directors on 30th June 2021.
In the lead up to the German federal election, we compiled a list of the initiatives that were set up to counter disinformation as well as cyberthreats and foreign interference attempts.
Over the past two years, the EU DisinfoLab has worked on nine OSINT investigations to expose tactics and strategies used by a wide range of actors to disseminate disinformation online.
The Authenticity Assessment by EU DisinfoLab Researcher Antoine Grégoire See the First Branch , Second Branch, and Third Branch of the CIB Detection Tree. Disclaimer This publication has been made in the framework of the WeVerify project.
For several months, the EU DisinfoLab has detected the apparition of several new actors in the Spanish informational landscape that position themselves as antagonistic alternatives to well-established Spanish fact-checkers.
Most of the time, one of the first purposes, if not the only purpose, of a CIB network is to increase amplification of content: looking at content distribution metrics will help to detect or to uncover a possible CIB network.
On 11 November 2020, the French company Tprod released a COVID-19 conspiracy documentary called “Hold-up”. The documentary is based on interviews of several French-speaking controversial figures and conspiracy theorists, which have been part of the main sources of COVID-19 disinformation in the French language.
491 pages of monthly COVID-19 disinformation monitoring reports from Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter, dated from August 2020 to March 2021, squeezed into 2 colourful timelines and 1 article.