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Avaaz Disinfo Hub

Disinformation has the potential to change public opinion, amplify an issue, and even change the course of elections.

These attacks sow division, disparage organizations and individuals, and promote dangerous inaccuracies. But our movement of over 65 million Avaazers is the force we need to counter this. Together, we’re correcting the record and holding tech companies and governments accountable!

Latest reports How are we fighting disinfo?

Investigative
Reports

Facebook is allowing ‘repeat misinformers’ to flood the platform with clones of misinformation, racking up 142M views and counting.
Avaaz uncovers health misinformation spreading networks with an estimated 3.8 billion views in the last year - and shows how to quarantine this infodemic.
With five months left until US Presidential elections, findings indicate Facebook’s current efforts remain far from what’s needed to protect American voters.
Study indicates Facebook is rife with bogus cures and conspiracy theories that remain on the platform long enough to put millions of people at risk.
Study indicates Facebook is rife with bogus cures and conspiracy theories that remain on the platform long enough to put millions of people at risk.
Research commissioned by Avaaz and conducted by leading experts proves that providing corrections to social media users who have seen false or misleading information can decrease belief in disinformation by half.
YouTube is driving its users to climate misinformation and the world’s most trusted brands are paying for it.
Investigation finds a fake news tidal wave in 2020 could be bigger than 2016 — unless Facebook redoubles effort to curb disinformation and implement Correct the Record immediately.
A new study reveals that half of the viral fake news in Brazil originated in the US and how misinformation may be reducing vaccination rates in Brazil.
Tsunami of hate speech hits Indians on Facebook who are in danger of losing their citizenship.
EU wide disinformation networks reaching half a billion views ahead of EU elections taken down after Avaaz investigation.
WhatsApp was the primary social network in Spain as the source of false, misleading, racist or hateful posts in the run up to Spanish elections in 2019.
Disinformation and fake news stories in the Yellow Vest Facebook groups and pages reached over 105 million views in a five month period.
A proposal calling on tech platforms to work together with fact-checkers to correct everyone exposed to false or misleading content.

The Scale of the Disinfo Problem

Disinformation continues to impact our democracies at a massive scale.

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estimated views of disinformation detected by our team

Christoph Scott, Campaign Director at Avaaz, discusses disinformation campaigning that jeopardized the legitimacy of the EU elections.

How are we fighting disinfo?

We identify misinformation

We identify misinformation

We are writing robust reports and holding social media companies accountable. Platforms must agree to prioritize transparency, but until they do, our team is dedicated to uncovering the scale of the problem.


We oversee and hold tech companies and governments accountable

We oversee and hold tech companies and governments accountable

By ensuring third-party oversight with teeth, we can verify that tech companies are doing their utmost to manage and mitigate pervasive disinformation and manipulation in our privately-owned public squares.


We establish a civil-liability framework

We establish a civil-liability framework

Through our reporting, advocacy, and legal team, our community is paving the way for an international civil-liability framework to deter disinfo campaigns in a space that currently has no direct consequences for running them.

How we
can protect
ourselves

The urgent threat of disinformation and how we can protect ourselves

Disinformation spreads distrust, fear, and lies. But the more we know about it, the more we can stop it -- share this briefing with friends and family to educate them on the disinformation threat. And read on to see how you to protect yourself!

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Counteracting Disinformation:
Avaaz 5 Legislative Principles

Avaaz has developed 5 legislative principles that should be at the foundation of any initiative to fight disinformation. It is a comprehensive regulatory proposal based on the principles of transparency, responsibility, and freedom. We’ve consulted deeply with academics, lawmakers, civil society, and social media executives to arrive at 5 legislative principles that must inform any democratic effort at legislation:

  • Correct the Record

  • Detox the Algorithm

  • Ban Fake Accounts and unlabeled bots

  • Label paid content and disclose targeting

  • Transparency