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Misinformation Monthly – December 2022 

Cyabra’s reading list

Each month, our experts at Cyabra list some of the interesting articles, items, essays and stories they’ve read this month. Come back every month for the current misinformation and disinformation news!

 

Artificial intelligence and the looming misinformation society

“Blanket rules for generative AI tools may not be feasible because of freedom of speech protections, restraint of trade concerns, national industrial policies, competing permissive jurisdictions, and other factors. Instead, we must devise creative and technological, individual and institutional, solutions to cope with the looming misinformation tsunami headed our way.”

December 19, 2022

thehill.com

 

As QAnon Falters, European Followers Flock to a Financial Conspiracy

“New data shows that QAnon’s hold on the continent’s conspiracy discourse has begun to loosen at the same time that some of its European followers flock to a decades-old financial conspiracy.”

December 21, 2022

bellingcat.com

 

Sam Bankman-Fried criminal charges unsealed: Conspiracy to defraud the U.S., wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering

“A federal indictment was unsealed alleging widespread fraud by FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried. That document was filed after the fallen crypto exchange operator was arrested in the Bahamas in connection with the charges. The indictment charges Bankman-Fried with multiple counts of securities, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and violating campaign finance regulations.”

December 13, 2022

cnbc.com

 

Germany foils far-right plot to install Prince Heinrich XIII in coup

“Germany on Wednesday detained 25 members and supporters of a far-right group that the prosecutor’s office said was preparing a violent overthrow of the state to install as national leader a prince who had sought backing from Russia.
Prosecutors said the group was inspired by the deep state conspiracy theories of Germany’s Reichsbuerger and QAnon, whose advocates were among those arrested after the storming of the U.S. Capitol in January 2021.”

December 7, 2022

reuters.com

 

US lawmakers introduce bill to ban TikTok

“TikTok has previously said it doesn’t share information with the Chinese government and that a US-based security team decides who can access US user data from China. TikTok has also previously acknowledged that employees based in China can currently access user data.”

December 13, 2022

cnn.com

 

AFP Joins Five New European Hubs to Fight Disinformation

“The hubs are part of the European Digital Media Observatory, a network of digital media hubs created by the European Commission in 2020 to fight disinformation across Europe led by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.”

December 2, 2022

4rfv.com

 

Turkey’s New Disinformation Law Affects More Than Meets the Eye

“As President Erdogan and the AKP face an electoral challenge in 2023, a new law tightens government control of social media and news websites. Much will depend on how this law is interpreted and enforced.”

December 19, 2022

carnegieendowment.org

 

How celebrities contribute to disinformation

“Celebrities play a key role in many spheres outside of their own. Whether they are participating in political campaigns or charity events, they can generate a lot of interest and attention to the given topic. Because of this, it is useful to discuss the influence of famous people on disinformation, for example in the light of Covid 19.”

December 23, 2022

themayor.eu

 

2022, the year in misinformation: News literacy takeaways

“In 2022, misinformation continued to spread on social media and make its mark on the news cycle. From “cheap fakes” to miscaptioned videos to conspiratorial claims and rumors made entirely out of whole cloth, we review some of the biggest misinformation claims of the year and offer tips on how to better navigate social media in the new year.”

December 20, 2022

newslit.org