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The Fondation Descartes' experts select and comment on key publications on disinformation, trust in the media and the Foundation's other research topics. This data base is available online to members of the Foundation and in the Foundation's documentation centre.
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This report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) analyzes the way in which Instagram’s new algorithm (put in place in August 2020) recommends misinformation to users via its “Explore” and “Suggested Posts” features.

This report, commissioned by the European Parliament, provides a summary of the legislation in place at the European level to regulate digital platforms. The report recommends, among other things, that current legislations give more authority to national institutions so as to facilitate regulatory procedures.

This report by the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) examines how the events of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 were prepared for and enabled by the misinformation circulating on social networks during this period.

Within the scope of a joint project by the DFRLab and the Associated Press, this report examines the way in which four countries – China, the United States, Russia, and Iran – mutually accused one another of causing the Covid-19 pandemic.

This report provides a timeline of the mechanisms put in place by major digital platforms to fight against disinformation between January 2020 and February 2021.

According to The Markup, the labels used by Facebook meant to flag questionable or false information are not always adequate, which reflects the challenges that the social network faces in controlling the fake news circulating its platform.

heir analysis indicates that 87% of news links shared on the social network Parler came from sources that frequently publish false information.

According to this GLOBSEC report, which covers the results of opinion polls from nine countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, more than one-third of respondents believe in conspiracy theories related to COVID-19. These results also indicate that the trust of these populations in their respective public authorities is a central factor in their acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine.

NewsGuard demonstrates that advertising revenues stemming from major companies funded the online disinformation campaigns that led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

This blogpost of the EU DisinfoLab explores the shortcomings of content moderation on Twitter and YouTube.

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