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Brands are financing vaccine misinformation

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising. I’m Lucia Moses, deputy editor here. Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here. This week: Advertisers enabling COVID misinformation Private equity circles agencies Brunswick’s bet Advertisers […]
Brands are financing vaccine misinformation
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How data scientists and influencers are joining forces to fight against dangerous COVID-19 conspiracy theories online

Data scientists at Public Good Projects are partnering with a “network of micro-influencers” to spread facts on COVID-19 and vaccines on social media. Public health officials worry misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines on social media could prevent Americans from getting the shots. Just 129 accounts are predominantly responsible for misinformation about […]
How data scientists and influencers are joining forces to fight against dangerous COVID-19 conspiracy theories online
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Facebook removed COVID-19 vaccine misinformation in Israel after government request

Facebook removed anti-vaccine content in Israel after a Justice Ministry request, according to Reuters. The content posted on four Hebrew-language groups included photos, videos, and text posts, per the report. It said vaccines included microscopic tracking chips. The prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Saturday received the first vaccine shot in […]
Facebook removed COVID-19 vaccine misinformation in Israel after government request
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Facebook is now actively demoting false election posts and limiting livestreams in an attempt to crack down on growing misinformation about votes

Facebook will now actively demote posts containing election misinformation on both Facebook and Instagram, it told Forbes on Thursday. It will also limit the spread of Facebook Live videos related to the election. This marks a more aggressive stance for the platform, which previously focused on labelling posts that were […]
Facebook is now actively demoting false election posts and limiting livestreams in an attempt to crack down on growing misinformation about votes
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With the election 8 days away, Trump lies about why coronavirus rates are hitting record highs and calls the media ‘losers’ for covering the surging pandemic

President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed the severity of the coronavirus on Twitter as new cases reached record highs across the US last week. “Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST,” Trump wrote. “A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast.” On October 23, daily coronavirus […]
With the election 8 days away, Trump lies about why coronavirus rates are hitting record highs and calls the media ‘losers’ for covering the surging pandemic
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Twitter says it banned New York Post articles about Hunter Biden for violating its policies against doxxing and sharing hacked materials

Twitter barred users from sharing two controversial New York Post articles about Hunter Biden because they violated its policies against sharing personal information and hacked materials, the company said Wednesday evening. “We don’t want to incentivise hacking by allowing Twitter to be used as distribution for possibly illegally obtained materials,” […]
Twitter says it banned New York Post articles about Hunter Biden for violating its policies against doxxing and sharing hacked materials
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A network of teen fact-checkers is tackling online misinformation ahead of the election — here’s what they want you to know about spotting falsified facts

A program from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network, is training Gen Z middle- and high-schoolers to spot and debunk viral misinformation online. Misinformation, or false and inaccurate news portrayed as fact, has risen across social media platforms in the wake of the 2020 election, […]
A network of teen fact-checkers is tackling online misinformation ahead of the election — here’s what they want you to know about spotting falsified facts