Disinformation or Debate? Finding Signal Amid Political Noise
During an elections period, the information environment can become increasingly polarized and noisy, making it ripe for politically-motivated disinformation campaigns. Olga and Madelyn will present on their work at Facebook identifying and disrupting coordinated disinformation campaigns and the challenges discerning between highly engaged civic actors and state-sponsored trolls. For Facebook, the cost of getting it wrong is high — it's the difference between disrupting a real threat and silencing legitimate political speech, the difference between protecting the information space or polluting it. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: When discerning political chatter from coordinated inauthentic behavior, does content matter? What's the difference between a fake account and an inauthentic one? Why does coordination matter? How does attribution for information ops differ from traditional cyber operations?