Inside Facebook’s ‘war room’ is a battle for public trust

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Inside Facebook’s ‘war room’ is a battle for public trust The internet has a misinformation problem. Symptoms include fake news, election interference, hate speech, trolling — it goes by many names. It’s become increasingly clear over the past few years that social…

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Twitter publishes over 10 million tweets linked to election meddling

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Twitter publishes over 10 million tweets linked to election meddling AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Twitter has previously cracked down on accounts linked to election interference campaigns and provided snippets of their tweets, but now it’s flinging the gates wide open. The social network…

Study: Fake Twitter accounts from 2016 US election are still active

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Study: Fake Twitter accounts from 2016 US election are still active Fake news had proven to be a big issue around the 2016 presidential election in the US, with major social platforms falling victims to misinformation-spreading actors. Twitter, in particular, made repeated…

Facebook pulls over a dozen political pages tied to fake accounts

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Facebook pulls over a dozen political pages tied to fake accounts Facebook isn’t just removing fake political pages to thwart election meddling — sometimes, it’s just about culling spam. The social site has removed more than a dozen “hyperpartisan” pages across the…

Twitter will help you prepare for election day

Twitter will help you prepare for election day

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Twitter will help you prepare for election day As the US heads closer to November’s midterm elections, a number of social platforms are making an effort to encourage their users to vote. The latest to join in is Twitter, which launched its…

Instagram uses Stories to encourage voter registration

Instagram uses Stories to encourage voter registration

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Instagram uses Stories to encourage voter registration The US midterm election is right around the corner, and Instagram is doing its part to encourage as many people as possible to register to vote. It launched a registration push Tuesday, helping ‘Grammers get…

Facebook expands security measures for political campaign staff

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Facebook expands security measures for political campaign staff The US midterm elections are just weeks away, and Facebook is still scrambling to prevent election meddling with every means at its disposal. It’s launching a pilot program that will expand its protections for…

Researchers say Facebook’s anti-fake news efforts might be working

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Researchers say Facebook’s anti-fake news efforts might be working Since the 2016 US presidential election, social network sites have acknowledged the issue of fake news as well as their roles in spreading it. Companies like Facebook and Twitter have made efforts to…

Zuckerberg says intel-sharing key to halting election meddling

Zuckerberg says intel-sharing key to halting election meddling

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Zuckerberg says intel-sharing key to halting election meddling Just days after his op-ed in The Washington Post, Mark Zuckerberg has published another lengthy note titled ‘Preparing for Elections,’ this time via Facebook. In it the Facebook CEO describes his platform’s removal of…

Mark Zuckerberg op-ed describes the election interference ‘arms race’

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Mark Zuckerberg op-ed describes the election interference ‘arms race’ Ahead of Senate hearings that will see Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifying about foreign election interference, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has chimed in via an op-ed in the…

Facebook tells Senate it needs help stopping election interference

Facebook tells Senate it needs help stopping election interference

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Facebook tells Senate it needs help stopping election interference Facebook has been scrambling to fight election meddling ahead of the 2018 midterms, but it doesn’t want to go alone. The social network has released COO Sheryl Sandberg’s prepared testimony ahead of her…

Facebook invites Google, Twitter and others to discuss election meddling

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Facebook invites Google, Twitter and others to discuss election meddling Facebook has called its fellow tech giants for a meeting to talk about their plans to prevent foreign influence and disinformation campaigns this upcoming midterm elections, according to BuzzFeed News. The publication…

NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to 5 years in prison

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NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to 5 years in prison Reality Winner, the whistleblower who leaked NSA election hacking data, pled guilty back in June to a single count of transmitting national defense information. Today, she was sentenced to 63 months in…

Lyft will offer free rides on Election Day in November

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Lyft will offer free rides on Election Day in November Lyft wants to help you do your civic duty, so it’s giving away free and discounted rides on November 6th. The ride-hailing firm has an existing free ride program for emergency situations…

Facebook makes it easier for researchers to analyze its ad archive

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Facebook makes it easier for researchers to analyze its ad archive Back in May, Facebook made good on earlier promises and started labeling US election- and issue-related ads with who paid for them, and also linked to a searchable archive of such…