Is Mike Bloomberg Breaking the Law by Continuing to Control Bloomberg News While a Presidential Candidate?[UPDATE: Probably Not]

News item: Michael Bloomberg temporarily had a tiny but extremely questionable advantage in the 2020 presidential race: if you typed “Mike” into one of his company’s roughly 325,000 news terminals around the globe, you were redirected to his campaign site, reported … Continue reading

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Kentucky: “Republican lawmakers: Bevin can’t turn election dispute into ‘fishing expedition'”

Courier-Journal: Republicans in Kentucky’s legislature have expressed skepticism about Gov. Matt Bevin’s dispute with Tuesday night’s election results, saying the governor should back up his claims of “irregularities” and not drag the outcome beyond next week’s recanvass.“If there is evidence of fraud or illegalities, as was alluded … Continue reading

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“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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“Democratic Strategists Set Up $75 Million Digital Campaign to Counter Trump”

NYT: A progressive organization is plunging itself into the presidential campaign, unveiling plans to spend $75 million on digital advertising to counter President Trump’s early spending advantage in key 2020 battleground states.The effort, by a nonprofit group called Acronym and … Continue reading

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