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This is an example of modern far-right propaganda intended to stoke fear using a false narrative.

I want to break down some of the ways in which we can identify this as a complete fabrication.


#antifa #4thofJuly2020 #4thofJuly #4thofjulyweekend ImageImage
> Overall Theme: Flag Burning

Just to give some context, flag burning has a history of being very offensive to certain folks!

Although the Supreme Court has ruled it as constitionally protected speech decades ago [source]…
> Overall Theme: Flag Burning

Trump, earlier this year, not respecting 1A, tweeted that those who burn the flag are, by definition, "lowlifes".

This tells people what they are to believe. How they should think about the topic when it comes up.

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1/3 A short thread on #DenialMachine #trollfarm #trollers:

"Confusion is their game 24/7."

Trolls exploit the 'short memory' of social media, where its difficult for people to check older posts, sowing #misinformation and doubt about the #ClimateCrisis and other vital issues.🤔
2/3 Here's an example from just this week, where a prolific PITA paid #troller uses word salad tricks to confuse readers. 🤨 Read the pics in order to see how practiced trolls shuffle the conversation around to muddle the meaning: it's subtle, so #BeAware and watch for it, folks!
3/3 Trolls rely on short attention spans to flood social media with noise.

The average person doesn't have the time or knowledge to sort through long threads to see what's factual or not, so most disengage.

That's a win for the trolls, folks. 😕

It's why I push back HARD. 😠
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ICYMI -- This announcement is coming today at noon, Brussels time. But you don't have to wait that long -- we already reported everything that's coming HT: @laurenscerulus @LauKaya 👇
FWIW -- this is the EU trying to get ahead of #misinformation as part of wider push to overhaul online content rules -- a package a proposals that will be outlined by end of year.
Expect lots of chat today about the need to boost resources for official disinformation teams within the EU (ironic b/c those teams have struggled to get funding for their work for year. Me from 2017…)
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🚨 BREAKING: Today, we've taken a critical & necessary stand for the First Amendment. @CenDemTech filed a lawsuit against @POTUS' “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship,” which violates 1A by chilling constitutionally protected speech of online platforms & individuals.
@POTUS .@AlexReeveGivens: “@POTUS’ Order is designed to deter social media services from fighting #misinformation, voter suppression & stoking of violence on their platforms. Access to accurate info about the voting process & security of our elections is the lifeblood of our democracy."
@POTUS @AlexReeveGivens .@AlexReeveGivens: "@POTUS has made clear his goal is to use threats of retaliation & future regulation to intimidate intermediaries into changing how they moderate content, essentially ensuring dangers of voter suppression & #disinformation grow unchecked in an election year.”
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#PROTOcall Episode 008 starts in half an hour! Topic: How creative visuals can improve COVID coverage. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now at:
Our hosts, journalist @nayantaran and @heyproto Community Manager @ameyann will be assisted by our Content Manager @sayakd who will be behind the scenes. Please reach out to him if you’re having any issues with the #PROTOcall. #CoveringCovid
Our guests:
@Sanna_B_P, whose work has appeared in @BBC, @thewire_in, @NYMag
@AltNewsScience founding editor @Neurophysik
• ex @WHO + @HKUniversity prof @poliohunt
will discuss how journalism can deal with people’s response to misinformation.
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Hi friends, I’m sure some of you have seen the video circulating about SARS-CoV2 being “planned.” There are a ton of false claims in the video, some of which I’ve outlined & fact checked below. Normally I try to stay out of this stuff, but she’s endangering lives with that video.
Claim 1: Judy Mikovits worked for Dr. Anthony Fauci
Fact check: She was a research fellow with Francis "Frank" Ruscetti & Dr. David Derse at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease (NIAID).
While NCI and NIAID are both institutes within the NIH (National Institutes of Health), she was certainly NOT an employee of Tony Fauci.
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Quebec #Cellphone Towers Damaged As COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Grow

thank you .@GValiante & .⁦@CanadianPress⁩ for *not* blindly repeating ***false assurances by #Telus et al*** that there are no health questions re #5G

#thread 1/ ??…
with two overnight arrests just reported — apparently related to the recent spate of #celtowerfires in Quebec — #cdnmedia should nor be blindly parroting the #misinformation constantly spouted by #BigTelecom & its poodle #servile #CapturedRegulator .@GovCanHealth .....

2/ ??
.... that #5G technology is somehow ‘safe’

a whole bunch of politicos are now jumping in.....

3/ ??
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Important new findings about the connection between social media use and attitudes and behaviours around COVID-19. Misinformation on social media ➡️ misperceptions ➡️ lower social distancing and risk perception. 👀 #COVID19 #misinformation
We asked 3 important questions about misinformation circulating on social media and life-saving behaviours and attitudes. 🧐 How prevalent? Does it contribute to misperceptions? And does it affect behaviour? 🤔
We collected a ton of data to do it. Millions of tweets + thousands of articles + a nationally representative survey of Canadians. 🇨🇦
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WEF coverage on #COVID19 is like a lesson learned of the #TheLeft championing #Globalist ideals thru the lens of COVID19 (catalyst) climate (destination)

#GlobalistLeft view the pandemic as a stepping stone to change policies on health, social, economics

#thread ...
Jun 2019: A new agreement with WEF World Economic Forum gave multinational corporations influence over matters of global governance. #WEF & #UN signed a memo of understanding to partner with each other. UN quietly turned itself into a public-private partnership
2008 Labour #British PM Gordon Brown & #French President Nicolas Sarkozy made calls for a new International Governance System for a (#WEF Global Redesign) to overhaul the int'l financial architecture” akin to the 1944 Bretton Woods…
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#PhysicalDistancing, but #SocialSolidarity - a thread on our call today on Caste, Gender, Communal identity and Covid-19 crisis in #India👇 #IndiaFightsCoronavirus 1/n
Sumi Das, transgender activist from Cooch Behar, West Bengal, asks how can trans folk in villages #stayhomestaysafe, when they don’t have food on their plate? 2/n
Sumi - Trans and gender diverse communities outside metro cities already marginalized - earn from begging, dancing in weddings, sex work - don’t have documents or ration card, nor bank accounts to receive govt relief 3/n
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I just had the unfortunate displeasure of watching PLANET OF THE HUMANS the #Earthday freebie irresponsibly put out by Michael Moore @MMFlint.

The film is an unsubstantiated, unscientific, poorly made piece of yellow journalism which attacks proven renewable energy and science..
I can't believe that @MMFlint would put his name on this.

The film attacks climate heroes like
@billmckibben and disparages the known benefits of renewable energy.

The film is amateurish and puerile, trades in the most propagandistic techniques, roping the audience into...
believing that somehow renewable energy is a sham and that we shouldn't trust folks that promote solar and wind.

The film irresponsibly ignores the decades of peer-reviewed climate & energy science that goes into the current environmental movement.

I'm shocked. AGHAST.
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1 This report from @risj_oxford on media use during the #COVID19 pandemic is both illuminating and alarming. It confirms some things we thought we knew and reveals other things we didn’t ⬇️

2 In the UK, online & TV dominate as main sources of news. 79% of people got news in some form online, 70% from TV, and 43% from social media. Newspapers at 17% - ouch… via @risj_oxford
3. 24% of 18-24 yr olds used Insta for #coronavirus news, 19% used Snap, & 6% used TikTok. via @risj_oxford
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dear @econbrkfst

i don't think i'm going to have the energy tonight to send you/GoogleImages

all the relevant screenshot-worthy tweets.
The red pill and blue pill is a popular meme representing a choice between taking a "red pill" that reveals an unpleasant truth, and taking a "blue pill" to remain in blissful ignorance. from 1999 film The Matrix.…
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We protect ourselves from #SARSCoV2 with hand-washing & self-isolation. To protect others, we must challenge virulent #misinformation.

“We are all science communicators now: #COVID19 has conscripted us.” My piece today @TheAtlIdeas…
I have no patience with #scicomm advice that says “You’re doing it wrong.” I wrote this piece for friends who feel helpless or overwhelmed.

There is SO MUCH good you can do in fight against #COVID19. It’s part science, part information hygiene, part psychological first aid.
My whole career has been in science communication. I’ve focused on applying the science of #scicomm - research on how people search for information, form judgments, and decide what to do.

There are few easy answers and no magic bullets. But here’s what helps me:
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THREAD: AFP’s best fact checks from last week. #CoronaVirusFacts

Woman who tested positive for #COVID19 is detained after spitting in Australian supermarket? 🇦🇺

No, this video shows two separate incidents involving different women in supermarkets.…
No, US President @realDonaldTrump did not announce a coronavirus vaccine was 'ready' 🇺🇸
As the world fights to curb #coronavirus, Africa faces a unique challenge: tackling #misinformation fuelled by a deep distrust of government. AFP fact checkers around the continent explain. 🌍
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I'd posted a query about a @NewScientist story regarding new Imperial College predictions for the UK.

Since it was answered, rather than waste people's time with that vague story, I've deleted and here provide the underlying report. h/t @StAndrewsLynx…
Absolute rubbish coming out from unreliable outlets such as the Daily Wire, claiming that this is an abrupt reversal by the Imperial College team, rather than a model of successful suppression based on more aggressive control measures.
I'm guessing that they are basically parroting #misinformation from a thread by Alex Berenson, who badly misrepresents the nature of the new report and/or @neil_ferguson's recent testimony.
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🌍 THREAD: As the world fights to curb #coronavirus, Africa faces a unique challenge: tackling #misinformation fuelled by a deep distrust of government. Our fact checkers around the continent explain (1/5) 🕵️
Conspiracy theorists in #Nigeria said the government made up COVID-19 cases there to cash in on international funds 💰 while viral online posts recommend eating onion to ward off the disease (2/5)
False rumours in #DRC include claims #coronavirus was created by the state to control the population 👩‍⚕️ Suspicions are fanned by misinformation, leading to attacks against health workers (3/5)
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1. Basic search: quick and easy 🧐

2. The 'news' tab on the results page 📰

3. Reverse image search 📸

All of these are fundamental tools in the anti #COVID19 infodemic toolkit

We're all familiar with SEARCH, but it's seriously underrated as a tool to help you identify and counter misinformation. Search is incredibly powerful - USE IT 🙌


THE 'NEWS' TAB on the results page is a great way to get up-to-date info, particularly on emerging rumours/stories around #COVID19 📰

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Warning - In this time of #pandemic we are also having an #infodemic

Do everyone a HUGE favor - stop spreading misinformation & disinformation!

Lt. Mills has studied social media & disinformation for several years & has some advice on keeping bad information from "going viral"
#misinformation comes from people who mean well but share things that are untrue.

#disinformation is false information coming from people with bad intentions. Some of these people are systematically targeting Americans from overseas.
Think about the term, "Going Viral" - this is often attributed to harmless and even positive things like cute puppy videos. That video or story spreads from one person to the next just as a virus is transmitted.

Sadly, bad information can be spread exactly like a virus as well.
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This thread is documentation of #viral, #PseudoScience & #irrational information circulating around in the midst of #CoronavirusOutbreakindia.
Starting from @AltNews report debunking uniform latitudes of places where #Corona came.…

Coronavirus: Is drinking cow urine any help?
By Reality Check team @BBCNEWSIndia1…
China culled around 18,000 chickens in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan as a result of a flu outbreak. Rumours in India started circulating, that broiler chicken has been infected with Coronavirus and people should avoid consuming it.…
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Today the @washingtonpost released an extremely scary video that illustrates how #FoxNews downplayed the early days of the #Covid19 crisis.

Right now it’s clearer than ever that #FoxNewsLies are powerful, toxic and dangerous.

And it’s time to put a stop to it.


How did we get here? First, Fox News is a pro-Trump propaganda machine. They’ve spent years telling viewers that the “deep state” is out to get Trump, and they eagerly painted #covid19 as just the latest attack.

But #FoxNews and others like them were wrong. The #coronavirus is a deadly and highly contagious global pandemic, and their downplaying of the virus as an attempt to support Trump will quite literally cost many lives.

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#Koeberg #misinformation: So it turns out there was actually nothing wrong with cooling water pump that circulates sea-water to the condenser at Unit 1 in the tertiary water loop of @Eskom_SA's Koeberg nuclear power plant. And the pump did NOT have to be repaired after all.
@Eskom_SA In reality, there was nothing wrong with the pump. It tripped out as it should when there was a low water level in the suction inlet pit, caused by an ingress of marine life to the inlet drum screen, which tripped due to high torque, resulting in the low suction pit water level.
@Eskom_SA Even the tripping of 1 of the 3 sea water circulating pumps of Unit 1 should not have caused the reactor to shut down. But the heat exchanger on the Unit 1 condenser was due for maintenance and was not able to handle the secondary-side heat load with 1 of 3 pumps out of service.
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With the #COVID19 outbreak, it is important to use language responsibly. Here is the first entry of our new #ContagiousWords series, defining the buzzwords and terminology dominating today's conversation. #Pandemic #PandemicsCost
@ilariacapua Language is powerful, so we must be sure and accurate in the ways we communicate science. #Epidemic #ContagiousWords #COVID19
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