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False claims spread online after Iran missile attack on Iraqi airbases | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Iran's missile attacks on two Iraqi airbases have been accompanied by a spread of online disinformation, falsely labelled images and claims of news sources being hacked, which have added to jitters in the region regarding the attacks."
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Google says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Google said in a new blog post that hackers linked to the Chinese government have been impersonating antivirus software McAfee to try to infect victims' machines with malware. And, Google says, the hackers appear to be the same group that unsuccessfully targeted the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden with a phishing attack earlier this year. A similar group of hackers based in Iran had tried to target President Trump's campaign, but also was unsuccessful."
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Zuckerberg says Facebook won't be 'arbiters of truth' after Trump threat | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Two years after admitting under political pressure that Facebook must do more to prevent disinformation campaigns on its platform, founder Mark Zuckerberg told Fox News on Thursday that the company should step away from regulating online speech."
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Facebook and Twitter restrict controversial New York Post story on Joe Biden | Facebook | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Facebook and Twitter took steps on Wednesday to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden, sparking outrage among conservatives and stoking debate over how social media platforms should tackle misinformation ahead of the US election"
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What Is The Internet Doing To Boomers' Brains? | HuffPost - 0 views

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    "The first and most obvious explanation for older internet users' increased vulnerability to misinformation is the effect of aging on the brain. A huge body of research has demonstrated that the same factors that make older Americans susceptible to financial scams - lower impulse control, slower cognitive function, higher rates of social isolation - also make them vulnerable to misinformation. "
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Solomon Islands government preparing to ban Facebook | Facebook | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The Solomon Islands government is preparing to ban Facebook - an attempt, it says, to limit "abusive language" and "character assassination" but which critics argue is an attempt to curtail criticism of the government. "
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Twitter is developing a new misinfo moderation tool called Birdwatch - 0 views

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    "As Americans continue to grapple with media distrust, conspiracy theories, bots, trolls, and general panic amid multiple unprecedented crises, Twitter is once again trying a new method of identifying misinformation. A new feature in development at the social media platform, called "Birdwatch," was first reported by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong (h/t Tech Crunch) in early August. "
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Facebook, QAnon and the world's slackening grip on reality | Facebook | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But those same services have also enabled the creation of what one professional factchecker calls a "perfect storm for misinformation". And with real-life interaction suppressed to counter the spread of the virus, it's easier than ever for people to fall deep down a rabbit hole of deception, where the endpoint may not simply be a decline in vaccination rates or the election of an unpleasant president, but the end of consensus reality as we know it. What happens when your basic understanding of the world is no longer the same as your neighbour's? And can Facebook stop that fate coming to us all?"
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Facebook is obstructing our work on disinformation. Other researchers could be next | Laura Edelson and Damon McCoy | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Facebook disabled our personal accounts, obstructing the research we lead at New York University to study the spread of disinformation on the company's platform. The move has already compromised our work - forcing us to suspend our investigations into Facebook's role in amplifying vaccine misinformation, sowing distrust in our elections and fomenting the violent riots at the US Capitol on 6 January."
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Authors shocked to find AI ripoffs of their books being sold on Amazon | Artificial intelligence (AI) | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""I thought: 'This is strange - who's writing a biography of me?'" Cellan-Jones told the Observer. "I don't kid myself. It's difficult enough for me to sell books about myself, [let alone] for other people to sell books about me." But glancing at a few passages revealed that Cellan-Jones had fallen victim to someone attempting to piggyback on his memoir by releasing a title with text apparently generated by artificial intelligence - one of an influx of AI titles since the emergence of ChatGPT enabled people to generate pages of text rather than bothering to write it."
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Amnesty International criticised for using AI-generated images | Colombia | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "While the systemic brutality used by Colombian police to quell national protests in 2021 was real and is well documented, photos recently used by Amnesty International to highlight the issue were not. The international human rights advocacy group has come under fire for posting images generated by artificial intelligence in order to promote their reports on social media - and has since removed them. The images, including one of a woman being dragged away by police officers, depict the scenes during protests that swept across Colombia in 2021. But any more than a momentary glance at the images reveals that something is off."
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How Easy Is It to Fool A.I.-Detection Tools? - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "Their tools analyze content using sophisticated algorithms, picking up on subtle signals to distinguish the images made with computers from the ones produced by human photographers and artists. But some tech leaders and misinformation experts have expressed concern that advances in A.I. will always stay a step ahead of the tools. To assess the effectiveness of current A.I.-detection technology, The New York Times tested five new services using more than 100 synthetic images and real photos. The results show that the services are advancing rapidly, but at times fall short."
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Schools, deepfakes and pornography - Erica Southgate PhD - 0 views

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    "A sleepy town in southern Spain is in shock after it emerged that AI-generated naked images of young local girls had been circulating on social media without their knowledge. The pictures were created using photos of the targeted girls fully clothed, many of them taken from their own social media accounts. These were then processed by an application that generates an imagined image of the person without clothes on."
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How Harmful Is Social Media? | The New Yorker - 0 views

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    "There's so much focus on sweeping claims that aren't actionable, or unfounded claims we can contradict with data, that are crowding out the harms we can demonstrate, and the things we can test, that could make social media better." He added, "We're years into this, and we're still having an uninformed conversation about social media. It's totally wild.""
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Facebook blames hate speech ads on mistake, immediately approves more hate speech ads | Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""We submitted another two examples of real-life Amharic-language hate speech to them a week later," said Global Witness. "Both ads were, again, accepted by Facebook for publication within a matter of hours.""
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The Era of Faked CCTV Has Truly Arrived | WIRED - 1 views

  • malinformation usually entail changing the context of true information or embedding it in a different one.
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    "Although disinformation has been extensively discussed as a powerful weapon employed by state and non-state actors, especially given the quick rise of AI tools capable of generating fabricated texts, sounds, and moving or still images,"
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Democrats sound alarm over AI robocall to voters mimicking Biden | Joe Biden | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "A prominent New Hampshire Democrat said the makers of a robocall mimicking the voice of Joe Biden and encouraging Democrats not to vote in the primary on Tuesday should be "prosecuted to the fullest extent" for attempting "an attack on democracy" itself."
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