Jeff Kao

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Jeff Kao is a computational journalist at ProPublica who uses data science to cover technology.

How Google’s Ad Business Funds Disinformation Around the World
The largest-ever analysis of Google’s ad practices on non-English-language websites reveals how the tech giant makes disinformation profitable.
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE, 16  (RUSSIA OUT) Russian billionaire and busimessman, Concord catering company owner Yevgeny Prigozhin is seen during a meeting with foreign investors at Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June,16, 2016. Vladimir Putin attends the Saint Petersburg  International Economic Forum. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) Infamous Russian Troll Farm Appears to Be Source of Anti-Ukraine Propaganda
Infamous Russian Troll Farm Appears to Be Source of Anti-Ukraine Propaganda Experts say a recent wave of pro-Putin disinformation is consistent with the work of Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a network of paid trolls who attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election.
In The Ukraine Conflict, Fake Fact-Checks Are Being Used To Spread Disinformation
Social media posts debunking purported Ukrainian disinformation are themselves fake. That doesn’t stop them from being featured on Russian state TV.
Facebook Facebook Hosted Surge Of Misinformation And Insurrection Threats In Months Leading Up To Jan. 6 Attack, Records Show
A ProPublica/Washington Post analysis of Facebook posts, internal company documents and interviews, provides the clearest evidence yet that the social media giant played a critical role in spreading lies that fomented the violence of Jan. 6.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH, 18:  Larry King at the Newseum for a special event - A Life in Broadcasting: A Conversation With Larry King on March 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post) The Disinfomercial: How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda
The broadcasting icon’s fake interview with a Russian journalist went viral on social media, spread by accounts tied to China’s government.
There’s Been a Spike in People Dying at Home in Several Cities. That Suggests Coronavirus Deaths Are Higher Than Reported.
Coronavirus death counts are based on positive tests and driven by hospital deaths. But data from major metropolitan areas shows a spike in at-home deaths, prompting one expert to say current numbers were just “the tip of the iceberg.”
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