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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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Fake news ‘threat to democracy’ report gets back-burner response from UK gov’t – TechCrunch

Fake news ‘threat to democracy’ report gets back-burner response from UK gov’t – TechCrunch The UK government has rejected a parliamentary committee’s call for a levy on social media firms to fund digital literacy lessons to combat the impact of disinformation online. The recommendation of a levy on social media …

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Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch

Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch Facebook has announced it rolled out a system of checks on political ads run on its platform in the UK which requires advertisers to verify their identity and location to try to make it harder for foreign actors to meddle …

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Ahead of midterm elections, Facebook expands ban on posts aimed at voter suppression – TechCrunch

Ahead of midterm elections, Facebook expands ban on posts aimed at voter suppression – TechCrunch Facebook is expanding its ban on misinformation, aimed at deterring citizens from voting in the upcoming midterm elections. The social media giant is adding two more categories of false information to its existing policy, which …

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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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Twitter widens its view of bad actors to fight election fiddlers – TechCrunch

Twitter widens its view of bad actors to fight election fiddlers – TechCrunch Twitter has announced more changes to its rules to try to make it harder for people to use its platform to spread politically charged disinformation and thereby erode democratic processes. In an update on its “elections integrity work” …

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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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Facebook expands fact-checking net to try to catch doctored photos and videos

Facebook expands fact-checking net to try to catch doctored photos and videos Facebook is now fact-checking images and video along with articles, using third-party organizations. New A.I. helps flag potential fakes for human review, but user flags and comments still help recognize what content might not be accurate. The post …

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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter – TechCrunch

Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter – TechCrunch Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as U.S. lawmakers continue to …

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Civil, the blockchain journalism startup, has partnered with one of the oldest names in media – TechCrunch

Civil, the blockchain journalism startup, has partnered with one of the oldest names in media – TechCrunch Civil, the two-year-old crypto startup that wants to save the journalism industry by leveraging the blockchain and cryptoeconomics, has partnered with the 172-year-old Associated Press to help the wire service stop bad actors …

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