She Warned of ‘Peer-to-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened. - The New York Times


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SAN FRANCISCO — Before the sun came up on Oct. 31, Renee DiResta sat in bed in her pajamas and logged into a virtual war room. For years, Ms. DiResta had battled disinformation campaigns, cataloging data on how malicious actors spread fake narratives online. via Pocket
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SAN FRANCISCO — Before the sun came up on Oct. 31, Renee DiResta sat in bed in her pajamas and logged into a virtual war room. For years, Ms. DiResta had battled disinformation campaigns, cataloging data on how malicious actors spread fake narratives online. via Pocket
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Renee DiResta, who has advised Congress on the use of bots and fake accounts to manipulate social media
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She started tracking posts made by anti-vaccine accounts on Facebook and mapping the data. What she discovered, she said, was that Facebook’s platform was tailor-made for a small group of vocal people to amplify their voices, especially if their views veered toward the conspiratorial.
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“It was this great case study in peer-to-peer misinformation,” Ms. DiResta said. Through one account she created to monitor anti-vaccine groups on Facebook, she quickly realized she was being pushed toward other anti-vaccine accounts, creating an echo chamber in which it appeared that viewpoints like “vaccines cause autism” were the majority.
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Senate and House staff members, who knew of Ms. DiResta’s expertise through her public reports and her previous work advising the Obama administration on disinformation campaigns, had contacted her and others to help them prepare for the hearings. Ms. DiResta became interested in misinformation on social media while researching the anti-vaccine movement.Credit
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In response, Facebook said it had begun organizing academic discussions on disinformation. Her published findings on the anti-vaccine movement brought her to the attention of the Obama administration, which reached out to her in 2015, when officials were examining radical Islamist groups’ use of online disinformation campaigns. She recalled a meeting with tech companies at the White House in February 2016 where executives, policy leaders and administration officials were told that American-made social media platforms were key to the dissemination of propaganda by ISIS. It was during that time that she first met Jonathan Morgan, a fellow social media disinformation researcher who had published papers on how the Islamic State spreads its propaganda online .
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Renee DiResta, who has advised Congress on the use of bots and fake accounts to manipulate social media, at her home in San Francisco, Calif. Jason Henry for…
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RT : Anti-vaccine movement was early case-study in how Facebook spreads false information
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10 days ago by not_napoleon
Sheera Frankel:
<p>“We were monitoring closely to see when the [social media] companies gave misleading or partial answers [to the US Congress] so that we could follow up,” said Renee DiResta, 36, who became immersed in disinformation campaigns in her spare time outside of her job as a founder and head of marketing at Haven, a shipping technology company.

How a small group of self-made experts came to advise Congress on disinformation campaigns is a testament to just how long tech companies have failed to find a solution to the problem. For years, the informal group — about a dozen or so people — have meticulously logged data and published reports on how easy it was to manipulate social media platforms.

In 2016, they monitored thousands of Twitter accounts that suddenly started using bots, or automated accounts, to spread salacious stories about the Clinton family. They watched as multiple Facebook pages, appearing out of nowhere, organized to simultaneously create anti-immigrant events. Nearly all of those watching were hobbyists, logging countless hours outside their day jobs.

“When I put it all together and started mapping it out, I saw how big the scale of it was,” said Jonathan Albright, who met Ms. DiResta through Twitter. Mr. Albright <a href="https://medium.com/@d1gi/election2016-propaganda-lytics-weaponized-shadow-trackers-a6c9281f5ef9">published a widely read report</a> that mapped, for the first time, connections between conservative sites putting out fake news. He did the research as a “second job” outside his position as research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Senate and House staff members, who knew of Ms. DiResta’s expertise through her public reports and her previous work advising the Obama administration on disinformation campaigns, had contacted her and others to help them prepare for the hearings.</p>


Diresta and Albright are two people to really watch: their outputs on this topic are always useful.
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10 days ago by charlesarthur
renee is doing good work. here's a profile from on
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10 days ago by sha
Great profile of and her work advising Congress on the role of social media in disinformation campaigns
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10 days ago by mathewi
Renee DiResta, who has advised Congress on the use of bots and fake accounts to manipulate social media, at her home in San Francisco, Calif. Jason Henry for…
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10 days ago by AramZS
Facebook & Twitter created a "vortex in which conspiratorial ideas can just breed & multiply”
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“When my son was born, I began looking into vaccines. I found myself wondering about the clustering effects where the anti-vaccine movement was concentrated,” Ms. DiResta recalled. “I was thinking, ‘What on earth is going on here? Why is this movement gaining so much momentum here?’”

She started tracking posts made by anti-vaccine accounts on Facebook and mapping the data. What she discovered, she said, was that Facebook’s platform was tailor-made for a small group of vocal people to amplify their voices, especially if their views veered toward the conspiratorial.

“It was this great case study in peer-to-peer misinformation,” Ms. DiResta said. Through one account she created to monitor anti-vaccine groups on Facebook, she quickly realized she was being pushed toward other anti-vaccine accounts, creating an echo chamber in which it appeared that viewpoints like “vaccines cause autism” were the majority.

Soon, her Facebook account began promoting content to her on a range of other conspiratorial ideas, ranging from people who claim the earth is flat to those who believe that “chem trails,” or trails left in the sky by planes, were spraying chemical agents on an unsuspecting public.

“So by Facebook suggesting all these accounts, they were essentially creating this vortex in which conspiratorial ideas can just breed and multiply,” Ms. DiResta said.
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10 days ago by benny
She Warned of ‘Peer-to-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened.
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11 days ago by ciphpercoder
This is the proper NYT link:
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11 days ago by dylan
SAN FRANCISCO — Before the sun came up on Oct. 31, Renee DiResta sat in bed in her pajamas and logged into a virtual war room. For years, Ms. DiResta had battled disinformation campaigns, cataloging data on how malicious actors spread fake narratives online.
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11 days ago by odelano
Renee DiResta () is truly a force of nature, gets much-deserved & well-earned NYT ink:
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