Facebook and Twitter Announce Stricter Rules for Political Ads

Facebook and Twitter have announced new measures aimed at combating efforts by foreign sources to interfere in U.S. elections. The moves target the kind of efforts used by Russian-linked agents in the 2016 presidential election and largely aim to increase transparency around political ads and the people that pay for them. All political and issue […]

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YouTube’s Recommendations Seem to Favor Fringe Content

It starts with an innocent search of the day’s headlines on YouTube. While things seem normal at first, the site eventually pulls you further and further away from mainstream content and more towards fringe content designed, above all, to keep you watching. Before you know it, you have fallen down a rabbit hole full of […]

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Sinclair Airs Ad Critical of Its Operations, Gets Accused of Bias

Sinclair Broadcasting, already faced a backlash after Deadspin.com released an edited video of anchors reading, in unison, a prepared statement about fake news, finds itself again being criticized over an aid it aired on its stations urging viewers to oppose a proposed merger between the company and Tribune media. The ad was created by a […]

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Sinclair, in Advocating for Real News, Finds Itself Criticized

Sinclair Broadcast Group is facing heavy criticism for mandatory readings of scripts it has made news anchors at local television stations read denouncing what it calls “fake stories” published by media outlets that “just aren’t true” and that are published “without checking facts first.” The country’s largest broadcaster, Sinclair owns and operates 193 television stations […]

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State Department Has Spent Zero of $120 Million Allocated to Fight Russian Meddling

The Department of State has spent virtually none of almost a $120 million budget to combat Russian propaganda efforts over the last two fiscal years, it’s been found.  Sixty million dollars were allocated by the Obama administration at the end of its term to help the State Department’s Global Engagement Center counter anti-democratic propaganda by […]

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State Department Announces $40 Million Initiative Aimed at Combating Foreign Propaganda and Misinformation

The U.S. State Department has formed a new partnership with the Defense Department to counter propaganda and disinformation from foreign nations, it was announced today.  The partnership will initially be funded with $40 million, transferred from the Pentagon to the State Department’s Global Engagement Center. The partnership creates an Information Access Fund that will support […]

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Sweden Attempts to Russia-Proof its Elections

Sweden is taking active measures to ready itself ahead of presidential elections this fall against possible cyber-intrusion by foreign actors, mainly Russia. At a recent conference in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, about seventy local lawmakers and election officials heard presentations on how to recognize and address vulnerabilities, and shore up risks like Russian attempts […]

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Michigan Man Arrested After Threatening Mass Violence Against CNN

A man from Michigan has been arrested after calling CNN headquarters in Atlanta twenty-two times and threatening violence.  Nineteen-year-old Brandon Griesemer made the calls about a week ago. Griesemer allegedly told a CNN operator “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.”  He allegedly called again and said, “I’m smarter than you. More powerful […]

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Jeff Flake Rips Donald Trump as Being Stalinesque, Only Two Senators Sit Through His Speech

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona took to the Senate floor to delivering a scathing critique of President Trump and the president’s attacks on the press today.  Flake compared Donald Trump’s attacks to those of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, when he called the U.S. press the “enemy of the people.” “So fraught with malice was […]

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