“New report: Digital Disaster — The failures of Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s political ad transparency policies”

Issue One: Issue One’s latest report, “Digital Disaster: The failures of Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s political ad transparency policies,” reveals how piecemeal, voluntary approaches by the largest social media platforms to stop disinformation campaigns fail to protect our political system from foreign … Continue reading

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“‘Deep fake’ videos could upend an election — but Silicon Valley may have a way to combat them”

LAT:  Election officials and social media firms already flummoxed by hackers, trolls and bots are bracing for a potentially more potent weapon of disinformation as the 2020 election approaches — doctored videos, known as “deep fakes,” that can be nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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“A false ad claiming Republicans back the Green New Deal tests Facebook’s policy on lies”

CNN: A left-leaning PAC ran a Facebook ad falsely claiming that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham endorsed the Green New Deal. The ad came after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this week about the company’s policy of allowing politicians … Continue reading

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“The Authenticity Trap; Mark Zuckerberg thinks Facebook’s problems can be fixed with “authentic” speech. He’s so wrong.”

Sarah Haan in Slate: In his speech on “free expression” Thursday at Georgetown University, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made an important assertion: Facebook has found that its “best” speech-regulating strategy is “focusing on the authenticity of the speaker rather than … Continue reading

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“U.S. officials huddle with Facebook, Google and other tech giants to talk about the 2020 election”

WaPo: Federal law enforcement officials huddled with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter on Wednesday to discuss election security ahead of the 2020 presidential race, according to several U.S. and industry sources, amid heightened concerns that social-media sites are still vulnerable … Continue reading

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“In the Trump Era, a Family’s Fight With Google and Facebook Over Disinformation”

NYT: Each day, in an office outside Phoenix, a team of young writers and editors curates reality.In the America presented on their news and opinion website, WesternJournal.com, tradition-minded patriots face ceaseless assault by anti-Christian bigots, diseased migrants and race hustlers concocting hate crimes. Danger and … Continue reading

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“Russia’s manipulation of Twitter was far vaster than believed”

Politico: Russia’s infamous troll farm conducted a campaign on Twitter before the 2016 elections that was larger, more coordinated and more effective than previously known, research from cybersecurity firm Symantec out Wednesday concluded.The Internet Research Agency campaign may not only have had … Continue reading

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“The Technology 202: Republicans make alleged conservative bias top priority at election security hearing”

WaPo: Google, Facebook and Twitter executives came to Capitol Hill to testify about election security. Instead they faced a grilling about whether their platforms are biased against conservatives.A string of Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee skipped questions about how … Continue reading

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“Facebook Curbs Incentives to Sell Political Ads Ahead of 2020 Election Company; leaders considered dropping such ads, which are now viewed as a headache”

WSJ: Facebook said it stopped paying commissions to employees who sell political ads, as the tech giant overhauls how it engages with campaigns ahead of elections in 2020.Once seen as a growth area, political ads are now viewed within Facebook as … Continue reading

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In Important Step and In Rare Bipartisan Fashion, Federal Election Commission Unanimously Approves Measure to Provide Free or Reduced-Cost Cybersecurity Protection for American Campaigns [Subject to Disclosure of, and Limits on Sources of Funding for Effort (That Part’s Not Unanimous)]

This is very good news. You can find the advisory opinion here. It is unanimous, except the Republican commissioners would not have imposed the disclosure requirements or source limitations. From Chair Weintraub’s letter: Under the unusual and exigent circumstances presented … Continue reading

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“U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms”

WaPo: The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the Kremlin’s operations against the United States are not cost-free.The strike … Continue reading

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Ringhand: British Parliamentary Committee, Citing “Insidious Ability” to Mislead Online, Calls for Election Law Changes

The following is a guest post from Lori Ringhand: A report issued by a British Parliamentary committee generated headlines this week for its scathing takedown of Facebook’s data management practices. The report, however, also made detailed suggestions about how to … Continue reading

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