Louis Moynihan is a software executive with over 25 years experience, innovating in the Dot Com, Web2, B2B, Messaging and Web3 areas.  Most recently, Moynihan spent six years at Meta’s WhatsApp, leading product business development in North America for the WhatsApp Business API.

While working on WhatsApp API innovation, Mr. Moynihan devised and built the first versions of WhatsApp’s fact-checking program. Moynihan is an advocate for ecosystem ownership of published fact-checks and supports fact-checkers in commanding appropriate compensation especially through a cross-platform global solution. 

Orlando Watson is a partnerships leader and trusted adviser to private companies. He has worked on multiple high-profile and strategic initiatives for well known brands across technology, government, and politics. Orlando’s career reflects his cross-sector perspective and ability to create trust and alignment to drive positive outcomes.

Most recently, at WhatsApp, Orlando focused on the company’s expansion into new key verticals, including the Public Sector and Non-Profits.

Earlier in his career, Orlando worked as a senior congressional staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. He also served as an advisor to a national political party, helping strengthen its machine learning capabilities through improved digital operations and increased engagement with diverse voters.

Meedan Labs is thrilled to add Mr. Moynihan and Mr. Watson to its advisory board, in effect continuing their long standing product advisory contributions to the fact-checking technology ecosystem.

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  1. Online conversations are heavily influenced by news coverage, like the 2022 Supreme Court decision on abortion. The relationship is less clear between big breaking news and specific increases in online misinformation.
  2. The tweets analyzed were a random sample qualitatively coded as “misinformation” or “not misinformation” by two qualitative coders trained in public health and internet studies.
  3. This method used Twitter’s historical search API
  4. The peak was a significant outlier compared to days before it using Grubbs' test for outliers for Chemical Abortion (p<0.2 for the decision; p<0.003 for the leak) and Herbal Abortion (p<0.001 for the decision and leak).
  5. All our searches were case insensitive and could match substrings; so, “revers” matches “reverse”, “reversal”, etc.



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February 6, 2023
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