Twitter CEO Says Conservative Employees Don’t Feel Safe Expressing Political Viewpoints

The CEO of social media giant Twitter contends in an interview that many of the company’s employees with conservative-leaning views are afraid to express their opinions. “We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well,” CEO Jack Dorsey told Recode in an interview published Friday. “And to be honest, they don’t feel […]

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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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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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NBC News Publishes Database of 200,000 Tweets Connected to Russian Fake Accounts

NBC News has published a list of more than 200,000 tweets that Twitter has said emanated from Russian-linked accounts trying to spread disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  The tweets contain inflammatory messaging and focus on divisive, partisan issues in an effort to sow disunity and discord in U.S. society. Twitter submitted a list […]

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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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Google, Twitter Saw No Evidence of Russian Influence Efforts in Any of Last Year’s Special Elections

Google and Twitter told Congress that they have found no evidence of Russian influence efforts in the handful of U.S. special elections held last year.  The companies responded to written questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee.  The questions were a follow up to a November 1 hearing in which the companies were heavily criticized for […]

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Does Twitter Stifle Conservative’s Tweets?

In their latest video, Project Veritas and James O’Keefe publish a report suggesting that Twitter employees downgrade, if not ban altogether, content from a specific viewpoint they don’t agree with.  More often than not it is content from a conservative point of view.  The practice is known as “shadow banning.” “One strategy is to shadow […]

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