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Twitter removes thousands of accounts that tried to dissuade Democrats from voting – TechCrunch

Twitter removes thousands of accounts that tried to dissuade Democrats from voting – TechCrunch Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts posting messages that tried to discourage and dissuade voters from casting their ballot in the upcoming election next week. Some 10,000 accounts were removed across late September and early …

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Tool up for the midterms with this Facebook junk news aggregator – TechCrunch

Tool up for the midterms with this Facebook junk news aggregator – TechCrunch With the US midterms fast approaching purveyors of online disinformation are very busy indeed spreading their hyper-partisan junk on Facebook . Their goal: Skewing democratic outcomes by putting out misleading, deceptive or incorrect information that’s packaged as real …

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Mark Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments – TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments – TechCrunch Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international joint summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them. The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation on democratic processes and …

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In its first cyberoperation against Russian trolls, U.S. takes a gentle approach – TechCrunch

In its first cyberoperation against Russian trolls, U.S. takes a gentle approach – TechCrunch Russia has been blamed for shutting down power grids, hacking into critical systems, and more recently launching a massive misinformation campaign aimed at meddling with past and upcoming elections. Now, the U.S. is striking back ahead …

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Thousands of Twitter accounts that spread fake news during the 2016 election are still active today, say researchers – TechCrunch

Thousands of Twitter accounts that spread fake news during the 2016 election are still active today, say researchers – TechCrunch Fake news and misinformation was a key tactic used by the Russians during the 2016 presidential election to try to sway voters against candidates and sow mistruths and mistrust. Now, …

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Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’ – TechCrunch

Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’ – TechCrunch The European Union’s executive body has signed up tech platforms and ad industry players to a voluntary  Code of Practice aimed at trying to do something about the spread of disinformation online. Something, just …

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Real Vision, a media platform for finance and business, raises $10 million – TechCrunch

Real Vision, a media platform for finance and business, raises $10 million – TechCrunch Real Vision is entering the crowded business and financial new space with a bang. The company, which recently raised a $10 million Series B after a $5 million A, is working on a number of new …

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Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch

Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch European Union lawmakers want online platforms to come up with their own systems to identify bot accounts. This is as part of a voluntary Code of Practice the European Commission now wants platforms to develop and apply …

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