The latest from the Brand Misinformation Index: Amex & J.P.Morgan
It’s apparently a taboo to talk about money. If that’s true, then no one has told the news and blog sites who have, this week, catapulted both AMEX and J.P.Morgan up into the upper echelons of our Misinformation Risk Index.
This should alert the brand and communications teams at both brands. But why has it happened? Are new, harmful narratives forming about both companies? And to what extent are such narratives tied to real world events or a simple matter of framing?
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The index is updated each week, and is the result of a singular product integration between audience intelligence platform Pulsar and NewsGuard, in which the human intelligence of journalists is made available as a additional source of analysis on the Pulsar platform.
And one thing this analysis surfaces is the level of risk impacting AMEX, which has seen a spike of 197.1% in its misinformation risk score.
To a large extent, the change has been driven by AMEX putting in place a new merchant category for gun sales. A number of sites ranked by NewsGuard as untrustworthy have elected to frame the story using the National Rifle Associations denunciation of it as ‘an erosion of Second Amendment rights’.
At the same time, the brand finds itself under attack for ‘woke racism’ following the allegation and lawsuit brought by a former employee. This was picked up first by activist group Citizens for Sanity, and communicated to a wider audience by Breitbart.
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