“Facebook, Google and Twitter face proposed bill targeting shadowy political ads”

WaPo: Democratic lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that would require greater disclosure of political ads that run on Internet platforms, despite a pledge by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg that the company will voluntarily pull back the curtain on political advertising … Continue reading

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“Exclusive: Russians Appear to Use Facebook to Push Trump Rallies in 17 U.S. Cities”

Daily Beast: Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election, The Daily Beast has learned. The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens … Continue reading

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“Elite Political Ignorance: Law, Data, and the Representation of (Mis)Perceived Electorates”

Chris Elmendorf and Abby Wood have posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: It is common to think of political elites—candidates, legislators, party officials, and campaign advisers—as specialists in learning the preferences of voters. But recent studies find … Continue reading

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“FEC member urges escalated Trump-Russia inquiry”

Ken Vogel for Politico: Weintraub’s interest was piqued by an article published last week by TIME magazine that revealed intelligence officials had evidence that Russian agents bought Facebook ads to disseminate election-themed stories. It also indicated that congressional investigators were … Continue reading

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DC Circuit, Citing “My Cousin Vinny,” Holds @99Rise Campaign Finance Protesters at #SCOTUS Can Be Charged Under Law Barring “Harangues or Orations”

Tony Mauro for the NLJ: A federal appeals panel on Friday upheld the law barring anyone from making “a harangue or oration” at the U.S. Supreme Court—the latest in a series of rulings protecting the high court from protesters inside … Continue reading

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#DemocracyRIP: Russians Sought to Undermine Legitimacy of a Clinton Presidency in Social Media Campaign

From the joint intelligence report at page 2: We assess the influence campaign aspired to help President-elect Trump’s chances of victory when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to the President-elect. When it appeared to Moscow … Continue reading

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“Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The US Election”

BuzzFeed: In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement than the top stories from major news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, … Continue reading

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“Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate”

BuzzFeed: Hyperpartisan political Facebook pages and websites are consistently feeding their millions of followers false or misleading information, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed News. The review of more than 1,000 posts from six large hyperpartisan Facebook pages selected from … Continue reading

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