Latest Misinformation News

New initiative tests nonpartisan observation in Missoula primary

Jun. 14, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

ARLEE, Mont. (AP) — More than a dozen trained volunteers fanned out across 19 of Missoula County’s 22 polling stations on June 4, fixing their eyes not on the results of inter-party primary battles but on the election process itself. Their presence constituted the trial run of the Montana...

Presidential election a prime target for foreign disinformation, intelligence officials say

Jun. 13, 2024 04:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials who track disinformation campaigns say they have issued more warnings to political candidates, government leaders and others targeted by foreign groups in recent months as America's adversaries seek to influence the outcome of the 2024 election. ...

Faking an honest woman: Why Russia, China and Big Tech all use faux females to get clicks

Jun. 12, 2024 06:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When disinformation researcher Wen-Ping Liu looked into China's efforts to influence Taiwan's recent election using fake social media accounts, something unusual stood out about the most successful profiles. They were female, or at least that's what they appeared...

US and Poland launch center to fight Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine war

Jun. 10, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and Poland on Monday launched an international operation based in the Polish capital whose mission is to help Ukraine counter Russian disinformation. James Rubin, a senior U.S. diplomat responsible for countering disinformation, and Tomasz...

South Korea resumes broadcasting anti-North Korea propaganda at border in response to trash balloons

Jun. 09, 2024 22:49 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea resumed broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda through loudspeakers in border areas Sunday in retaliation for the more than 1,000 trash- and manure-filled balloons the North had sent over the last couple of weeks. Hours later, the powerful...

AI could supercharge disinformation and disrupt EU elections, experts warn

Jun. 05, 2024 09:40 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Voters in the European Union are set to elect lawmakers starting Thursday for the bloc's parliament, in a major democratic exercise that's also likely to be overshadowed by online disinformation. Experts have warned that artificial intelligence could supercharge...

Justice Department's 'deepfake' concerns over Biden interview audio highlights AI misuse worries

Jun. 04, 2024 14:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Releasing an audio recording of a special counsel's interview with President Joe Biden could spur deepfakes and disinformation that trick Americans, the Justice Department said, conceding the U.S. government could not stop the misuse of artificial intelligence ahead of this...

Why Poland says Russia and Belarus are weaponizing migration to benefit Europe’s far-right

Jun. 04, 2024 09:24 AM EDT

POLAND-BELARUS BORDER, Poland (AP) — A Somali woman pushes her bandaged hand between two vertical bars of a thick metal barrier separating Belarus from Poland as she and four other women gaze toward the European Union. They nod gratefully as a Polish humanitarian aid worker calls...

Intelligence chairman says US may be less prepared for election threats than it was four years ago

Jun. 03, 2024 19:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With only five months before voters head to the polls, the U.S. may be more vulnerable to foreign disinformation aimed at influencing voters and undermining democracy than it was before the 2020 election, the leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday. ...

Democrats wanted an agreement on using artificial intelligence. It went nowhere

Jun. 02, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee was watching earlier this year as campaigns nationwide were experimenting with artificial intelligence. So the organization approached a handful of influential party campaign committees with a request: Sign onto guidelines that would commit them...