NEWS: Meta And Google Fuel Abortion Misinformation Across Africa, Asia, And Latin America, Report Finds, by Meera Navlakha, published by Mashable (Available Here)

A new report jointly published by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and global charity MSI Reproductive Choices found that tech companies are restricting access to abortion information across several regions, including in Latin America. Meta and Google are actively prohibiting abortion providers from advertising on their platforms and also allowing misinformation to spread, according to the report. Imran Ahmed, CEO of CCDH, commented that “social media companies mine users’ personal data in the Global South, but take little care to protect local human rights and civil liberties."

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RESEARCH: Hyperpartisan, Alternative, and Conspiracy Media Users: An Anti-Establishment Portrait, by Ernesto de León, Mykola Makhortykh, and Silke Adam, published by Political Communication (Available Here)

Three researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Bern create a new framework for the study of disinformation. They examine online users that consume hyperpartisan, alternative, and conspiracy (HAC) media and find that traditional social media is largely their entrypoint into all three sources. They also find that those exposed to HAC media have a strong distrust of government and place themselves at the ideological extremes.

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