Overnight, reports began circulating in Israeli media attempting to discredit #PegasusProject by twisting the words of an @amnesty statement.

The twisted version caught fire online and is now being parroted by Indian politicians.

A small #thread on #misinformation:

The article in question was posted in Calcalist with a photo of a smiling Shalev Hulio (NSO founder and CEO) and the title:

"Amnesty clarifies: The list of 50,000 phone numbers is not directly related to NSO"

It went live at 6:15 pm on Wednesday.

Cherry-picking quotes, the author cast doubt on the list of potential targets selected by NSO clients.

"Amnesty International has never presented this list as a 'NSO Pegasus Spyware List.'"

And later: "This is a list indicative of the interests of the company's clients."

Watch out for the word "indicative." It will come back later.

The article was then retweeted by a researcher in Turkey who republished the misleading title and quotes:

"Umm..." he wrote.

A journalist with more than 70,000 followers retweeted this post, again without context.

By morning, news that the list was "indicative" of NSO clients rather than "targets of potential surveillance by NSO clients," was everywhere:

An advisor for #Indian Min. of Information & Broadcasting tweeted the story was "laughable."

The counter-narrative was spun.

@IndiaToday published this information citing the tweet by the journalist with more than 70,000 followers and the title:

"Amnesty says never claimed leaked phone numbers were of NSO Pegasus Spyware list"

Today, @amnesty shut down these rumours, writing: "Amnesty categorically stands by Pegasus Project data set" and that "the data is irrefutably linked to potential targets of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware."

Read the statement here: amnesty.org/en/latest/news…

An MIT study from 2018 found that fake news travels 70 percent faster on social media than the truth.

Let's flip this trend. #PegasusProject #Misinformation

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