Links that didn’t make the newsletter but should still be on your radar.
WhatsApp is causing a serious fake news problem in Brazil
And because WhatsApp is a private, closed messaging service, fake news researchers don’t have much hard data to go on. Ortellado says they’re primarily able to get information by lurking in large WhatsApp political groups or examining context clues, giving analysts “certainly a tiny fraction of what’s going on.”
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
Examining Trolls and Polarization with a Retweet Network
“This research examines the relationship between political homophily and organized trolling efforts. This is accomplished by analyzing how Russian troll accounts were retweeted on Twitter in the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This analysis shows that these conversations were divided along political lines, and that the examined trolling accounts systematically took advantage of these divisions. The findings of this research can help us better understand how to combat systematic trolling.”
Update on Twitter’s Review of the 2016 U.S. Election
“Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the United States who followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a Tweet from these accounts during the election period. Because we have already suspended these accounts, the relevant content on Twitter is no longer publicly available.”