Notes from a presentation for CORE, a Corvallis, OR nonprofit that promotes community equity. During the pandemic, they host a monthly virtual meeting where passionate speakers with expertise help demystify current events or issues. Tonight, Jon Pincus and I will talk about voter suppression and disinformation in the context of the November general election.
This post will provide a link to the recording and resources for anyone interested in tools and techniques to identify disinformation.
Notes and links from the talk
Disinformation resources and tips
Emotion and misinfo/disinfo
- What Emotion Goes Viral the Fastest?, Smithsonian Magazine, 2014
- Signs You’re Following A Fake Twitter Account, NixIntel, March 2020
How to check a tweet for authenticity
Someone has shared a screen capture of a tweet and you suspect it may not be legit.
If the screen cap includes a date stamp, to go the account timeline: twitter.com/accountname
- If the person is not too active on Twitter and/or the tweet is not too old, scroll down the page to see if you can spot the tweet
- If either of those scenarios are false, you’ll want to use the advanced search feature.
- Put the account name in that field (remember the @ )
- Search by date or search by key words
- If the account is Donald Trump’s, consider search the TrumpTwitterArchive (easier and faster!).