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Fri Jun 14, 2024, 07:15 PM Jun 14

Stanford's top disinformation research group collapses under pressure [View all]

Source: WaPo, No Paywall

The Stanford Internet Observatory provided real-time analysis on viral election falsehoods but has struggled amid attacks from conservative politicians and activists.

“Closing down a lab like this would always be a huge loss, but doing so now, during a year of global elections, makes absolutely no sense,” said Wardle, who previously led research at the anti-misinformation nonprofit First Draft. “We need universities to use their resources and standing in the community to stand up to criticism and headlines.”

“The politically motivated attacks against our research on elections and vaccines have no merit, and the attempts by partisan House committee chairs to suppress First Amendment-protected research are a quintessential example of the weaponization of government”

The high court will rule within weeks on a case known as Missouri v. Biden, which includes claims against the Observatory.

Yet another link, no paywall https://archive.is/sxUNu

Read more: https://wapo.st/3RuAlA5

As a participant in the Observatory, I am very disappointed with this development.
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