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Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars – including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not “intentionally getting it wrong” – the social media giant has announced it will begin removing misinformation that provokes real-world violence. Read More >>

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Flying Saucer Toy Recalled For Teaching Kids That Nazis Achieved Space Travel

If you’ve ever watched late-night documentaries on History, you know that the Nazis had a secret programme during World War II to develop flying saucers. The Nazi’s UFO experiments never actually flew, but the model toy company Revell recently released a set in Germany that makes it look like one of the Nazi saucers actually worked. And historians are pissed off. Read More >>

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Disney, Do You Really Want to Give Rupert Murdoch More Money Right Now?

At a time when we’re seeing more and more companies attempting to avoid soiling themselves with the stench of the belching Trump machine, Disney is actively trying to give Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch more billions. It’s a gutsy move in the age of boycotts, and it shows how shallow Disney’s carefully crafted progressive image really is. Read More >>

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Reddit: We’ve Found 1,000 Suspected Russian Troll Accounts, But Most of Them Sucked at Getting Upvotes

Reddit says it has identified and plans to purge 944 accounts suspected to be tied to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm that has been linked to an alleged campaign to spread disinformation and propaganda on US social media sites before the 2016 elections. Read More >>

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YouTube Will Warn Users When They’re Watching State-Sponsored Propaganda

Confirming an unusual screenshot which circulated last week, YouTube has officially announced its intentions to mark content from certain news agencies as “funded in whole or in part” by whatever state happens to be their patron. In short, the platform is calling out propaganda. Read More >>

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These US WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up

America’s involvement in the First World War was brief, but intense. For a period of 20 months, the government did its best to stir patriotic fervour, in part through the use of eye-catching propaganda posters. A new exhibit at Bruce Museum is showcasing a selection of these works, many of which are seriously lacking in nuance. Read More >>

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Facebook Shruggingly Admits It’s a Tool for Propagandists

Back in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was “quite proud of the impact that we were able to have on civic discourse,” doubling down on his stance that the rise of misinformation, spread of outright propaganda, and rapid erosion of trust in the fourth estate were anyone’s problems but his. A whitepaper from the world’s largest social media platform—where an estimated 66 per cent of the site’s American users get their news—casually mentions that Facebook is also fertile soil for “subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people.” Read More >>

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This Feature-Length Film About Iran Destroying the US Military Freaks Me Out

My appetite for goofy propaganda is nearly endless. Old Soviet videos about capitalist sharks? Hilarious! Anti-communist cartoons from the 40s? Silly stuff! But the new movie about to hit cinemas in Iran hits a little too close for comfort. Read More >>

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Trump Will Get His Own Taxpayer-Funded Media Empire Thanks to a New Law

Some people speculated that if Trump lost the US election he might start his own TV network. Well, Trump won, but it looks like he’s going to get his own media empire anyway. The only question left is who Trump will pick to run it. Read More >>

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Popular YouTuber Creates Propaganda Music Video for North Korea

I’ve seen a lot of disgusting things in my years on the internet, but this video takes the cake. Read More >>

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New Report Highlights The Kinds of Programs IS Uses To Remain Anonymous Online

There’s a big push among Islamic State members to enhance technical knowledge, specifically of software that could be used to counteract surveillance. According to a new report released Friday, discussion among jihadist forums proliferates the circulation of manuals and tutorials on how to use VPNs, proxy services, and other tools, and keeps up to date on the latest in software. Read More >>

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We Finally Know What China’s Propaganda Army Does Online

China is notorious for employing an estimated 2 million government propagandists online. But new research on their tactics reveals a surprising strategy: China’s online army isn’t trying to argue with anyone who opposes the government. It’s just changing the subject. Read More >>

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North Korea Says It’s Manufacturing Smartphones with “High Pixels”

North Korea is known for a lot of things: propaganda, prison camps, starving citizens. Manufacturing high-end electronics is not one of them. But who says a scrappy little country Dennis Rodman-loving totalitarian dictator can't dream? Read More >>