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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Spending on Digital Video Advertising to Skyrocket

Two-thirds of media buyers plan to shift some portion of their budget from TV ad buys to digital video this year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, an industry group that tracks digital advertising. More than 50% of buyers plan to increase digital and mobile video spending in the next twelve months, according to the […]

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U.S. to Begin Collecting Social Media Usernames, Passwords from Visa Applicants

The Trump administration announced today that it will begin collecting social media information on individuals applying for visas to the United States. The new policy is expected to affect roughly 14 million visitors per year. Visitors will be asked to provide social media user names used on popular platforms during the five years preceding the […]

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Facebook Helped Trump Win the Election – But it Wasn’t Just Because of the Russians

The effects of the efforts of Russian operatives sitting at computer terminals half a world away on the 2016 presidential election are still being discovered nearly sixteen months after Election Day.  What’s receiving much less attention though are the legal tools the Trump campaign used to gain exposure, engagement and by extension, momentum, heading into […]

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Russian-Linked Bots Seek to Amplify Loudest Voices, Deepen Divisions in Wake of Parkland Shooting

The aftermath of one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history in Parkland, Florida, this week saw a spike in Twitter activity of accounts linked to Russian disinformation campaigns.  Hamilton 68, a website that tracks the Twitter activity of Russian-related accounts, reports that within 24 hours of the massacre, shooting-related terms dominated the […]

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Former Executives at Google and Facebook Form New Group to Combat the Tech Giants’ Influence

A group of early employees at Facebook and Google have banded together to counter the effects of the companies hey helped build.  The employees are forming a consortium of experts called the Center of Humane Technology.  Along with the nonprofit media watchdog, Common Sense Media, they are planning anti-tech-addiction campaigns patterned after anti-smoking campaign, that […]

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President Trump: Sometimes I Tweet from Bed, “Not Aware” of Invite to Royal Wedding in May

President Trump revealed in an interview that he sometimes tweets from bed and occasionally lets others tweet for him.  The president made the revelation in an interview with Piers Morgan on Britain’s ITV network. “Well, perhaps sometimes in bed, perhaps sometimes at breakfast or lunch or whatever, but generally speaking during the early morning, or […]

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Twitter: Russian Bots Retweeted Trump Nearly 470,000 Times During Final Weeks of the Election

Twitter revealed to Congressional lawmakers this week that Russian bots, or automated accounts, retweeted the president nearly 470,000 times during the final weeks of the presidential election.  The company had reported that it has identified 201 accounts linked to Russian interference efforts. The company says the retweeting activity took place between September 1 and November […]

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