8 Common Online Trolling Tactics (And How to Handle Them)

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In this post, I’ll discuss the all-too-common problem of online trolling and explain some troll tactics. I’ll also look at the important links between online trolling, disinformation and cyber warfare campaigns.  What is online trolling? Anyone who has spent much time on social media has likely experienced their fair share of online trolling. Unfortunately, it’s … Read more

Three Easy Ways to Spot Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Online

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After spending almost a year tracking coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of Facebook and Google, I’ve developed a good sense of how an inauthentic social media user looks and acts online.  Each platform has its own nuances. But many universal patterns indicate the likelihood of coordinated activity. Here I’ll discuss three common indicators – and … Read more

What’s the Difference Between Disinformation and Misinformation?

What’s the difference between disinformation and misinformation? (I get asked this question a lot, so I thought it was time to write about it). The difference between disinformation and misinformation lies in the presence of intent.   The Difference Between Disinformation and Misinformation Let’s look at a couple of examples to understand the difference between disinformation … Read more

4 Things I’ve Learned From Analysing Russia-Aligned COVID-19 Coverage

Much social unrest has emerged amid COVID-19, such as anti-lockdown protests, attacks on 5G masts, and violent reactions when asked to wear masks. As I write this, a murky far-right group called ‘UK Freedom Movement’ is organising a new spate of anti-lockdown protests around the UK. This month I’ve been reviewing Russia-aligned news sites. I’ve … Read more

Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Tribalism And Public Health

During the pandemic, large crowds of Trump supporters took to the streets of US cities, demanding an end to coronavirus restrictions, such as lockdown and the wearing of masks. Britain saw similar issues, albeit on a smaller scale. Why are some people so determined to ignore public health advice? Part of the answer may be … Read more