KSAT Q&A: Imran Ahmed, Center for Countering Digital Hate CEO dissects ‘Disinformation Dozen’

Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, joined the KSAT Q&A on Monday to discuss the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online.

SAN ANTONIO – Imran Ahmed, Center for Countering Digital Hate CEO, joined KSAT anchors Steve Spriester and Myra Arthur to discuss the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online.

Here are three takeaways from the discussion:

  • In a study, Center for Countering Digital Hate linked just 12 social media accounts to the spread of misinformation on COVID vaccines
  • CCDH reached out to social media platforms with their findings urging them to take action; Ahmed says platforms “singularly failed to do so”
  • Ahmed says many of the “Disinformation Dozen” accounts are backed by corporations or non-profits and that creating misinformation has become an industry

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About the Authors:

Myra Arthur is passionate about San Antonio and sharing its stories. She graduated high school in the Alamo City and always wanted to anchor and report in her hometown. Myra anchors KSAT News at 6:00 p.m. and hosts and reports for the streaming show, KSAT Explains. She joined KSAT in 2012 after anchoring and reporting in Waco and Corpus Christi.

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.