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Platform says Russia used it for fake news during 2016 election

“The blogging platform Tumblr has unmasked 84 accounts that it says were used by a shadowy Russian internet group to spread disinformation during the 2016 US election campaign” writes Agence France-presse for theguardian.com. A Tumblr statement said it discovered the accounts “were being used as part of a disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 US election”.Tumblr said it is now free to disclose what happened, and unveiled steps to protect the platform against further disinformation campaigns.The announcement adds Tumblr to the list of internet platforms targeted in a social…

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Tumblr is finally cracking down on fake news

“The company claims that, last fall, it uncovered 84 Tumblr accounts linked the Russia-linked Internet Research Agency, which took part in fake news and ad campaigns leading up to the 2016 election” writes Monica Chin for mashable.com. Tumblr also says it is committed to terminating accounts in the future if it finds them to be affiliated with “disinformation campaigns,” and alerting law enforcement of their identities. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Report calls for algorithmic transparency and education to fight fake news

“A report commissioned by European lawmakers has called for more transparency from online platforms to help combat the spread of false information online” writes Hours Ago Darrell for techcrunch.com. The report’s push for a degree of algorithmic accountability by calling for a little disinfecting transparency from tech platforms is perhaps its most interesting and edgy aspect.So there seem to be some pretty clear trust risks, at least, for tech platforms becoming synonymous with online disinformation.The presence of powerful tech platforms in the Commission’s advisor body on this issue may explain…

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Italy Scrambles to Fight Misinformation Ahead of Its Elections

“But in the sense of targeted disinformation designed to influence elections, the issue is particularly urgent in Italy, where a national election is a little over a week away” writes Yasmeen Serhan for theatlantic.com. And last month, the Italian government unveiled a new online portal that allows people to report false reports they see online. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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After Florida shooting, Russian bots pounce to divide

“The indictment also described how fraudulent Russian accounts on Twitter tried to push real Americans into action” writes Sheera Frenkel for seattletimes.com. The researchers zeroed in on Twitter accounts posting information that was in step with material coming from well-known Russian propaganda outlets.And the messages from these automated accounts, or bots, were designed to widen the divide and make compromise even more difficult.Any news event — no matter how tragic — has become fodder to spread inflammatory messages in what is believed to be a far-reaching Russian disinformation campaign. Source: seattletimes.com…

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Indictment reveals how Russia’s Internet Research Agency used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians as well as the shadowy Internet Research Agency on Friday with using social media accounts and other online techniques to sow disinformation and discord in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election” writes Tom Krazit for geekwire.com. It also alleges that the defendants set up fraudulent accounts with PayPal in order to pay for some of its advertising efforts as well as its equipment purchases. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to give the matter his full attention this year, as…

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American Elections Remain Unprotected

“None of these attacks, however, constitute a definitive Russian disinformation playbook” writes Reid Standish for theatlantic.com. Facing a criminal probe into possible ties between his campaign and the Kremlin, Trump has tried to discredit the case that Russian election interference poses an ongoing national-security risk.Looking ahead to America’s 2018 midterm elections, state and federal lawmakers face a rapidly closing window to better secure their voting systems. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Facebook takes down data and thousands of posts, obscuring reach of Russian disinformation

“They also had scrubbed from the Internet nearly everything – thousands of Facebook posts and the related data – that had made the work possible” writes Elizabeth Dwoskin for sun-sentinel.com. “This is public interest data,” Albright said Wednesday, expressing frustration that such a rich trove of information had disappeared – or at least moved somewhere the public can’t see it.But even as the discussion over Albright’s research began heating up, he discovered that the 3,000 Facebook posts were gone, as was the data on CrowdTangle.”We identified and fixed a bug…

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Google’s probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims

“Just a few days ago, for instance, Facebook said it had found Russian ads on its photo sharing platform Instagram, too” writes Hours Ago Darrell for techcrunch.com. Google has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited its platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, according to the Washington Post.The newspaper says its report is based on information provided by people familiar with Google’s investigation into whether Kremlin-affiliated entities sought to use its platforms to spread disinformation online.It says tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads…

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The Era of Whatsapp Propaganda Is Upon Us – Foreign Policy

“Closed messaging apps like WhatsApp and Viber continue to grow in popularity worldwide” writes Lu-hai Liang for foreignpolicy.com. And indeed, creative uses of crowdsourcing to get around the barriers of messaging apps have already begun to emerge in countries awash with WhatsApp hoaxes.That’s due to one seemingly trivial detail: In all of these cases, the misinformation made its way to readers via the messaging service WhatsApp.Unlike Twitter or Reddit, messaging apps are not designed to be public squares where users can mingle with millions of strangers. Source: foreignpolicy.com Share This:

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