Political parties in the United States, and the rest of the world, see fake news as a threat to true representation. News Media often partakes in the discussion, using technical words such as disinformation and voter suppression. For all parties, the culprit is the opposing party or foriegn actors (state or independent).
Election Management bodies consider disinformation a serious threat. We have discussed this terminology and the challenges in a booklet published on Kindle.
The question that we ask, since we know that disinformation exists and its affecting modern democracy,” can we trace disinformation sources?” The simple answer is “Yes, but”.
Using Social Media AI Analytics we can trace disinformation sources – given a clear definition and a mandate
The challenge isn’t the technology, but in establishing a clear definition and a mandate.
- What is fake, dis-informing, or disruptive?
- What can we do about it?
In 2019, we spent some time analyzing accounts that spread untrustworthy or unethical information. By untrustworthy, we mean unreliable or false. By unethical, we mean racist, targets a group of individuals, or hateful. We referred to such accounts as polluters, simply because there isn’t a Canadian or an American legal term for the culprits. We observed that polluters have three properties, they:
- Share similar or identical arguments
- Create a tight web of connection to other polluters
- Target the ‘Five Eye Countries’: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States
The list below presents the top 40 polluters in the last few months of 2019. Luckily the public continues to report these accounts to @twitter and many of them are disabled or deleted by now.
About the Author
Dr. Wael Hassan is the CEO of KI Design, he has publications on privacy, de-identification, and social media analytics for election monitoring. Follow him at @drwhassan. Visit our blog at waelhassan.com or get a copy of the methods used to identify disinformation from Amazon.
Top 40 Polluters on Twitter
1 @SteveRedgrave4 2 @oldstocknews 3 @Evenings_Star 4 @Tjooitink 5 @vivianmtl 6 @SteveRedgrave4 7 @calgarykiaguy 8 @heathrodgirs 9 @MousseauJim 10 @SergeHalytsky 11 @SusanIverach 12 @chattycathy1226 13 @RoboHoward 14 @Maureenhommagm1 15 @MikeMw86 16 @KAreYouSerious 17 @lafleurmtl 18 @realmarekfe 19 @wavetossed 20 @Dekenfrank1 21 @jspoupart 22 @NtoAlaska 23 @peterdiane01 24 @1loriking 25 @Ez4u2say_Janis 26 @FouadBoussetta 27 @Real_Dr_Roy 28 @schwarzengel88 29 @bgallagb 30 @hydroqueen 31 @Kimdeerhunter 32 @mmaureen7 33 @OFASDRACING 34 @stephandprissy 35 @AlbertGoldie 36 @CONDESCENDANT 37 @HopeAldridge 38 @MurfAD 39 @TheSeaFarmer