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Political manipulation becoming ‘pervasive’ on social media, report warns

Manipulation on social media platforms has reached a massive, global scale in recent years, according to a new report from the Oxford Internet Institute, detailed by TechCrunch. Researchers investigated large-scale manipulation of public opinion by government and political parties, and found that the practice is widespread in 70 nations worldwide, compared to just 28 in 2017.  “Computational […]

YouTube will tweak its UK platform to promote fewer conspiracy videos

YouTube will tweak its UK platform to promote fewer conspiracy videos

YouTube will implement algorithm changes to its platform in the UK, reducing recommendations of conspiracy theory and junk science videos, according to Tech Crunch. YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki said the changes will allow quality content “more of a chance to shine” and could reduce views of “borderline content” by 50 percent.   The changes were first trialed […]

US legislator joins international inquiry into disinformation on social media

US legislator joins international inquiry into disinformation on social media

An international effort to investigate  disinformation through social media platforms and tech giants has gained its first US legislator as a member, adding weight to requests for US-based tech executives to appear as witnesses before the committee, according to Tech Crunch.  The next meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is set to […]