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10 September 2018

Research of the Disinfo project used for teaching resources

Trolde i dit feed

DIIS (the Danish Institute for International Studies) and Senior Researcher at DIIS, Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, publish teaching resources about (Russian) disinformation, “Trolls in your feed”, aiming to improve students’ ability to identify trolls and fake news online.

The material includes a chapter on who are particularly exposed to Russian disinformation, referring to research of the Digital Disinformation project, namely Adler-Nissen and Hjorth’s results showing that the reach of Russian disinformation on Twitter is ideologically asymmetric. Compared to liberal Americans, conservatives were significantly more exposed to Pro-Russian disinformation regarding the crash of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 aircraft over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Hjorth explains that the reason for the asymmetry might be the right wing Americans’ skepticism towards mainstream media, while Adler-Nissen further highlights that this asymmetry entails that a small part of the population perceives world events completely different from the rest of the population.