Top of The World

Facebook blocks news from its platform in Australia as Google strikes deals

Top of The World: Tech giant Facebook blocked the viewing and sharing of national or international news on its platform in Australia. And, a student was killed Wednesday by gunmen in an attack on a boarding school in Nigeria’s north-central Niger State. Also, during a high-level meeting of the UN security Council, Secretary-General António Guterres criticized the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for being “wildly uneven and unfair.”

Critical State

Disinformation Wars: Part II

We live in a golden age for professional fact-checkers who expose every made-up statistic or erroneous accusation that passes US political leaders’ lips. This week, Critical State delves into new research that shows how despite all that fact-checking, we also live in a golden age of political lying.

Critical State

Disinformation wars: Part I

Disinformation has been a part of regular political communication for as long as there have been politics. This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into the dreaded "disinformation threat" and the effect of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election tweets on American voters.

Critical State

Getting at the vote: Part II

Incumbent regimes often act to restrict media access for their opponents in the same way that they restrict access to the vote itself. This week, Critical State looks into Kyong Mazzaro's new research on where and when Venezuela restricted media during election periods.

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