(VIDEO) AI Platform Finds Fighting Disinformation Can Reunite Societies & Even Save Lives.


July 10, 2020

Since the start of the pandemic, disinformation has exploded online, fueling dramatic headlines, creating chaos and confusion, damaging trust, and in some cases, taking lives. Nex Cubed portfolio company, Blackbird.AI, defines disinformation as the spread of false information with the intent to cause harm. 

“During a crisis, the combination of disinformation and malicious misinformation can cause significant damage and even loss of life.” – Wasim Khaled, Co-Founder & CEO of Blackbird.AI. 

Last month, the company published its COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disinformation Report – Volume 3 after receiving a number of requests for insights into disinformation activity and threats around recent events across digital media. These insights are driven by Blackbird.AI’s disinformation analysis platform that looks at enormous amounts of content to identify potential disinformation flowing across social media and news sites.

For the report, Blackbird.AI analyzed over 119 million tweets over a period of 18 days and found over 32 million of those tweets were manipulated content from three key narratives that we’re probably all familiar with or have at least heard of:

  1. ‘REOPEN’ America from COVID-19 shutdowns
  2. Militias & the ‘Boogaloo’ movement
  3. General & medical conspiracies around COVID-19

Below is the company’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disinformation Report – Volume 3 video summarizing the report.

Blackbird.AI is leveraging innovative technologies such as AI, blockchain, and crowdsourcing to bring information integrity to the digital world at a time when it’s needed the most. 

Blackbird’s findings on disinformation have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, VentureBeat, and many more publications.

In May, Blackbird.AI was awarded a United States Air Force AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 20.1 Phase 1 contract for Disinformation Analysis.

Click here to see how several of Nex Cubed’s portfolio companies are responding to COVID-19. 

At Nex Cubed, our team and advisors have worked with hundreds of technology startups, many of which have gone on to successful launches. We help corporate innovation teams build and successfully execute their innovation initiatives too. Contact us to learn more.

Maggey Hoffmann is the Sr. Director of Marketing at Nex Cubed.

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