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Facebook to tighten political ad rules for 2019 elections  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Facebook said Tuesday it will tighten rules for political ads in countries with elections scheduled in the first half of the year, building on transparency efforts already underway in the... more
Facebook Brings Stricter Ads Rules to Countries With Big 2019 Votes  Gadgets 360 · 15 hours
As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means for politicians and their adversaries to distribute fake... more
Fear and anger had different effects on conservatives and liberals, study suggests  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
The emotional underpinnings of political ideology motivated how the electorate sought and processed information about the 2016 presidential election and the major issue of... more
Cambridge Analytica parent firm SCL Elections fined over data refusal  BBC · 6 days
A US professor demanded that the company hand over personal data which it held on him. more
Over-65s most likely to share fake news on Facebook  Sky News · 6 days
Americans over the age of 65 were most likely to share so-called "fake news" during the 2016 presidential election, according to a new study. more
Facebook and fake news: elderly more likely to spread misinformation - CNET  CNET · 7 days
Facebook users over the age of 65 shared more fake news during the 2016 US presidential election season, a new study found. more
Fearful conservatives and angry liberals process political information differently  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Fear and anger related to the 2016 presidential election and climate change, one of the campaign's major issues, had different effects on the way conservatives and liberals processed information about... more
Trump campaign firm pleads guilty in Facebook data case  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A UK consultancy working on Donald Trump's US election campaign pleaded guilty and was fined by a London court Wednesday over its refusal to release personal data it secretly hoovered... more
Voter preference for Trump linked to bullying in middle schools  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Bullying rates among middle school students in the spring of 2017 were 18 percent higher in localities where voters had favored Donald Trump than in those that had... more
Cambridge Analytica’s parent pleads guilty to breaking UK data law  TechCrunch · 1 week
Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined £15,000 in a UK court after pleading guilty to failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the... more
Israel says it can foil foreign election meddling amid scare  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Israel's security service says it's able to thwart any foreign meddling in country's upcoming elections, after its director warned of such efforts. more
Report: Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation  TechCrunch · 1 week
Early last year, LinkedIn co-founder and prolific venture capital investor Reid Hoffman called Chris Urmson “the Henry Ford of autonomous vehicles (AV).” The vote... more
Facebook investigates group backed by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman - CNET  CNET · 1 week
News for Democracy may have violated the social network's rules after apparently setting up misleading news pages during the 2018 US midterm elections. more
CNET Asks: Which of these 2019 Golden Globe Nominees was your favorite? - CNET  CNET · 1 week
This weekend the Golden Globes named their 2019 winners. But now it’s your turn to vote for your stand out... more
HQ2 fight continues as New York City and Seattle officials hold anti-Amazon summit  TechCrunch · 1 week
The heated debate around Amazon’s recently announced Long Island City “HQ2” is showing no signs of cooling down. On Monday morning, the... more
Would you vote for a Democrat who behaves like a Republican?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Imagine you are a fairly mainstream Republican voter and are considering Republican candidate Luis Vasquez. He says he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and... more
En route to Congress, California Democrats hit wall on ‘Medicare-for-all’  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Each of the seven California Democrats who flipped Republican congressional seats in the midterm election campaigned for more government-funded health care — with most of them calling for... more
Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raise Ebola fears; WHO asks vaccine supplier to make more more
Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?  CBC · 2 weeks
We may remember 2018 as the year when technology's dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook's role enabling the harvesting of... more
Mark Zuckerberg is ‘proud’ of how Facebook handled its scandals this year  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
After the year Mark Zuckerberg’s had, you’d think he’d struggle to appear so chipper. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made,” he said in... more
Reid Hoffman denies direct knowledge of funding disinformation in the Alabama Senate race  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
One of Silicon Valley’s prominent billionaires is in hot water after funding deceptive social media campaigns with echoes of Russia’s own political... more
Reid Hoffman apologizes for unknowingly backing Alabama disinformation campaign - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
The Silicon Valley billionaire "categorically" disavows the use of misinformation to sway an election. more
LinkedIn co-founder says he unknowingly backed disinformation effort in Alabama Senate race  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
Billionaire Reid Hoffman has acknowledged that he partially funded a group that used disinformation tactics in Alabama’s 2017 special election in an effort to... more
Congo delays Sunday's election for months in Ebola zone  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Congo delays Sunday's presidential election for months in areas of deadly Ebola outbreak more
Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
We may remember 2018 as the year when technology's dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook's role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of... more
Facebook Suspends 5 Accounts for Misleading Tactics in Alabama Election  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Facebook said its investigation had not found that accounts or pages operated by New Knowledge violated its policies. more
Facebook and Twitter Remove Pages and Accounts in Bangladesh Ahead of Election  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
Facebook and Twitter said on Thursday they had removed accounts and fake news pages linked to the Bangladesh government which had posted anti-opposition content. more
AP Exclusive: Facebook removes fake Bangladesh news sites  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
AP Exclusive: Facebook says it is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections more
Facebook and Twitter remove accounts spreading fake news ahead of Bangladesh’s elections  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
Twitter and Facebook announced this morning they’ve removed a combined total of 30 accounts that were working to spread misinformation in Bangladesh, ten days... more
Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Facebook says it is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections more
US sanctions Russians for election meddling, nerve agent use  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 15 Russians over hacking, interference in U.S. elections and a nerve agent attack in England more
Facebook’s got 99 problems but Trump’s latest “bias” tweet ain’t one  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
By any measure Facebook hasn’t had the best of years in 2018. But while toxic problems keep piling up and, well, raining acidly down on the... more
Social media and misinformation: It's a game of whack-a-mole  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in... more
The Steam Awards kick off the Steam Winter Sale on Dec. 20 - CNET  CNET · 4 weeks
Cast your vote for the best games of 2018 and then (maybe) get a deal on them. more
Facebook shares progress on civil rights audit: 'We need to do more' - CNET  CNET · 4 weeks
The report shows improvements on tackling problems like false information, fake accounts and voter suppression. more
Key takeaways from new reports on Russian disinformation  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Two reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee illustrate the breadth of Russian interference on social media platforms before and since the 2016 presidential election more
Russian troll farm aimed to discourage black US voters: study  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
The Russian troll farm that disrupted the 2016 US presidential election sought particularly to demoralize Africa-Americans and discourage them from voting, according to a comprehensive new report for... more
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