Twitters political ads ban is a distraction from the real problem with platforms

Sometimes it feels as if Internet pulpits are turning everything upside down, from politics to publicizing, culture to commerce, and of course swapping truth for lies. This week’s bizarro reversal was the vista of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a tech…

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US sanctions two Russians for cyber-related election interference

The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions against two Russian nationals accused of working for a notorious disinformation unit. In a statement, the Treasury said Igor Nesterov, 34, and Denis Kuzmin, 28, worked for the so-called Internet Research Agency, a secretive…

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Voter manipulation on social media now a global problem, report finds

New research by the Oxford Internet Institute has found that social media manipulation is getting worse, with rising numbers of governments and political parties realise cynic consume of social media algorithms, automation and big data to operate public opinion at…

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Spin doctor Brian Stelter ignores his own role in spreading ‘the real sickness in American politics’ [video]

Earlier this week, CNN hall monitor Brian Stelter uttered discouragement at Fox News hosts fueling rumors about Joe Biden’s health. Guess he was too busy hall monitoring to remember all the times he and his system fed the rumor mill…

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Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds

A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media in Europe ahead of regional elections this month has found individual floors shared on Facebook’s platform can still tremendously outperform…

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When it comes to elections, Facebook moves slow, may still break things

This week, Facebook invited a small group of correspondents — which didn’t include TechCrunch — to look at the “war room” it has set up in Dublin, Ireland, to help monitor its concoctions for election-related material that infringes the current…

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Samantha Bee: Canadian, comedian, and defender of the free press

The only job identified in and protected by the U.S. charter is journalism. But when it’s under strike from phony report, misinformation, and the guessed defender-of-the-constitution-in-chief, who seems out for the press? Reporters have an unlikely collaborator in the late…

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30 Fake Viral Photos People Believed Were Real

# 2 A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave One of the recent viral sensations was the ‘fried rice meme’ that pictured a subject making an incredible rice gesticulate in his pan. The epitome rapidly received a lot of…

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‘Oh, boo hoo hoo’! Brian Stelter’s text from Trump-scarred network exec fails to generate much sympathy

In case you missed it, Donald Trump is set to address the nation tomorrow night regarding the situation at the southern territory: I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Society on the Humanitarian and National Security…

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What? Sen. Ted Cruz wasn’t told to ‘f**k off’ after asking to be put on Nine Inch Nails’ guest list?

We checked reports of this moving around last-place darknes but didn’t think much of it — and we weren’t buying the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz had asked to be put on the guest directory for a Nine Inch Nails…

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