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Would you notice if fake news changed your behavior? An experiment on the unconscious effects of disinformation. 1.

Would you notice if fake news changed your behavior? An experiment on the unconscious effects of disinformation

Introduction Online platforms increasingly mediate public discourse. Ex-KGB Agent Says Trump Was a Russian Asset. Does it Matter? Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images In 2018, I became either famous or notorious — depending on your point of view — for writing a story speculating that Russia had secret leverage over Trump (which turned out to be correct).

Ex-KGB Agent Says Trump Was a Russian Asset. Does it Matter?

The story’s most controversial suggestion was that it was plausible, though hardly certain, that Russia’s influence over Trump might even date back as far as 1987. Here is what I wrote in that controversial section: During the Soviet era, Russian intelligence cast a wide net to gain leverage over influential figures abroad. (The practice continues to this day.) I conceded it was probably just a coincidence that Trump came back from his trip to Russia and started spouting themes that happened to dovetail closely with Russia’s geopolitical goal of splitting the United States from its allies. If I had to guess today, I’d put the odds higher, perhaps over 50 percent. That’s quite similar to what I suggested in my story: What do we know about conspiracy theories? People believe in conspiracy theories for a variety of reasons—to explain random events, to feel special or unique, or for a sense of social belonging, to name a few.

What do we know about conspiracy theories?

Tracking Viral Misinformation. Tracking Viral Misinformation: Latest Updates. Kichigai comments on We should have listened to Dwight in February. NPR Cookie Consent and Choices. ExxonMobil is still bankrolling climate science deniers. ExxonMobil says it believes “the risk of climate change is real,” and it is “committed to being part of the solution.”

ExxonMobil is still bankrolling climate science deniers

The largest investor-owned oil company in the world also says it supports a federal carbon tax and the Paris climate agreement. Then why, after all these years, is the company still financing advocacy groups, think tanks, and business associations that reject the reality and seriousness of the climate crisis, as well as members of Congress who deny the science and oppose efforts to rein in carbon emissions? According to the company’s latest grantmaking report, it gave $772,500to 10 such groups in 2018, which does not include its annual dues to trade groups such as the American Petroleum Institute, which opposes a carbon tax. Five climate change science misconceptions debunked. The science of climate change is more than 150 years old and it is probably the most tested area of modern science.

Five climate change science misconceptions debunked

However the energy industry, political lobbyists and others have spent the last 30 years sowing doubt about the science where none really exists. The latest estimate is that the world's five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200m each year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate-motivated policy. This organized and orchestrated climate change science denial has contributed to the lack of progress in reducing global green house gas (GHG) emissions—to the point that we are facing a global climate emergency.

Get ready for a shit-storm of oil-funded climate denial to rain down on any potential Biden climate change policy. And there’s no indication that they’re going to stop if there’s a new President.

Get ready for a shit-storm of oil-funded climate denial to rain down on any potential Biden climate change policy

In fact, deniers are always more comfortable in the opposition anyway, since their job is to stop policy from getting made, not actually constructively create a better alternative. (Which is, of course, what we saw throughout the Trump administration, and is reflected in the Heritage Foundation’s “proactive” agenda of reactively removing regulations.)

In the past, when climate policy has seemed possible in the US, the fossil fuel industry increased production of policy denial by ramping up funding to groups to lobby and advertise against it. Where Is the Coronavirus? The CDC Says It Isn’t Available. The CDC document is titled, “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel.”

Where Is the Coronavirus? The CDC Says It Isn’t Available

It is dated July 13, 2020. Photo Falsely Claims That CDC ‘Admits’ COVID-19 Doesn’t Exist. Photo Falsely Claims That CDC ‘Admits’ COVID-19 Doesn’t Exist. Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder. As someone who studies the impact of misinformation on society, I often wish the young entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley who enabled communication at speed had been forced to run a 9/11 scenario with their technologies before they deployed them commercially.

Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder

One of the most iconic images from that day shows a large clustering of New Yorkers staring upward. The power of the photograph is that we know the horror they're witnessing. It is easy to imagine that, today, almost everyone in that scene would be holding a smartphone. Some would be filming their observations and posting them to Twitter and Facebook. HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media. HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.

HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media

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I was not expecting this to happen : madlads. ‘Disinformation is killing us’: ‘Former Texas nurse shares experiences of working on the front line : Coronavirus. Trump ousts Homeland Security cyber chief Chris Krebs, who called election secure : news. Rumor Control. Mis- and disinformation can undermine public confidence in the electoral process, as well as in our democracy.

Rumor Control

Elections are administered by state and local officials who implement numerous safeguards to protect the security of your vote pursuant to various state and federal laws and processes. This resource is designed to debunk common misinformation and disinformation narratives and themes that relate broadly to the security of election infrastructure and related processes. It is not intended to address jurisdiction-specific claims. Instead, this resource addresses election security rumors by describing common and generally applicable protective processes, security measures, and legal requirements designed to protect against or detect large-scale security issues related to election infrastructure and processes. You can learn more about mis- and disinformation from CISA’s Countering Foreign Influence Task Force.

Useful Sources: Useful Sources Get the Facts: This is false. Useful Source. How did Germany de-radicalize its people after the fall of the Nazi party? : AskHistorians. Pastor Who Said He “Can’t Get” COVID Says He Tested Positive for COVID. Back in March, right-wing radio host and former candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia E.W. Jackson told his church that they had nothing to fear when it came to COVID-19. U.S. nurse says dying COVID-19 patients spent last minutes insisting virus isn't real. TORONTO -- An emergency room nurse in South Dakota is speaking out in frustration after watching several COVID-19 patients die from a disease they insist isn’t real, describing her job like a “horror movie that never ends.” In a Twitter thread that has since gone viral, Jodi Doering said she has been screamed at by patients who accuse her of using “magic medicine,” who repeatedly tell her there must be another reason why they are sick “all while gasping for air.”

“They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that ‘stuff’ because they don’t have COVID because it’s not real,” she said in the thread, published Friday. U.S. nurse says dying COVID-19 patients spent last minutes insisting virus isn't real : news. That face. : WhitePeopleTwitter. How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil. To arrive at that conclusion, scientists say, the report tallied data from the Environmental Protection Agency that the agency itself states does not represent overall emissions: The numbers, which are reported by the energy industry about a limited number of compressor stations and other facilities, do not include emissions from the area’s thousands of wells. The data are “too low by at least a factor of two, and quite likely more,” said Robert W.

Howarth, a professor at Cornell University who has researched methane emissions. FTI stood by the report, calling its findings “on track with broader trends in Texas’ oil fields.” Texans for Natural Gas is just one campaign run with the help of FTI employees. Lest We Forget the Horrors: A Catalog of Trump’s Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes: The Complete Listing (So Far): Atrocities 1- 976. To download a PDF of this entire list, click here. Early in President Trump’s term, McSweeney’s editors began to catalog the head-spinning number of misdeeds coming from his administration. We called this list a collection of Trump’s cruelties, collusions, and crimes, and it felt urgent then to track them, to ensure these horrors — happening almost daily — would not be forgotten. This election year, amid a harrowing global health, civil rights, humanitarian, and economic crisis, we know it’s never been more critical to note these horrors, to remember them, and to do all in our power to reverse them.

Various writers have compiled this list during the course of the Trump administration. Sherlock makes a list of the Trump camp's efforts to cheat, spread lies and stroke fears to de-legitimize the election : bestof. Postal worker admits fabricating allegations of ballot tampering, officials say : politics. Is truth a basic human right? Opinion: Using Pokémon to Detect Scientific Misinformation.

They appear legitimate, but practice no peer review, no editing, not even a reality check. It’s not the only fake paper on Pokémon I’ve had published or accepted for publication, covering creatures from Pikachu to Porygon. Some would argue that editors cannot recognize Pokémon names, but lines in the text such as “a journal publishing this paper does not practice peer review and must therefore be predatory” or “this invited article is in a predatory journal that likely does not practice peer review” would have tipped off anyone who bothered to read the articles.

Why this psychiatrist says Trump's election meltdown will be 'most dangerous period of this presidency' - ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third-party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party. Resources — National Task Force on Election Crises. State and Federal Election Contests: An Overview Elections in this country are almost always hard-fought and often contentious. Disputes as to how the election was conducted, which ballots are counted (or not), or who won the most votes sometimes continue well past Election Day. This has become a relatively normal part of our elections. Although perhaps imperfect, there are state and federal laws in place that address election-related fraud, misconduct, and other irregularities. Trump’s Tweeting Isn’t Crazy. It’s Strategic, Typos and All.