41 minutes | Jun 16th 2020

Disrupt, Defund & Down-rank: Helping Ad Tech Pull the Plug on Disinformation with Craig Fagan

Craig Fagan is Programme Director at the Global Disinformation Index, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization based in the UK that aims to provide advertisers, ad tech companies and platforms with trusted and independent ratings of the disinformation risks of news sites with the aim to disrupt, defund and down-rank such sites. Although fake news has been a topic in the media since at least the 2016 US elections, the troubling pandemic of disinformation regarding possible treatments of COVID 19 and the rampant spread of conspiracy theories around the virus’ origins have been making big headlines of late. Disinformation has also played a key role in disseminating hate speech online, not only helping fund white supremacist websites, but spreading misleading information about organizations such as Black Lives Matter on social media and beyond.
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