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Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch

Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch Tiffany Olson Kleeman Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleeman is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George …

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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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Facebook really doesn’t want users to go to a fake Unite the Right counter-protest next week – TechCrunch

Facebook really doesn’t want users to go to a fake Unite the Right counter-protest next week – TechCrunch According to COO Sheryl Sandberg, getting ahead of an event called “No Unite the Right 2, DC” is the reason behind Facebook’s decision to disclose new platform behavior that closely resembles previous …

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Facebook, AggregateIQ now being jointly probed by Canada, B.C. data watchdogs – TechCrunch

Privacy watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia are combining existing investigations into Facebook and AggregateIQ. The latter being a Victoria-based ad targeting tech company that has been linked to Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data misuse storm. CA whistleblower Chris Wylie — who last …

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Tumblr confirms 84 accounts linked to Kremlin trolls – TechCrunch

Tumblr has confirmed that Kremlin trolls were active on its platform during the 2016 US presidential elections. In a blog post today the social platform writes that it is “taking steps to protect against future interference in our political conversation by state-sponsored propaganda campaigns”. The company has also started emailing users …

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U.S. issues broad Russian sanctions citing NotPetya attack and Internet Research Agency meddling – TechCrunch

In a surprisingly robust reprimand for the Trump administration, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a set of sanctions Thursday citing interference in the 2016 election as part of a broader pattern of hostile actions undertaken by the Russian government against U.S. interests. The sanctions followed U.S. joint statements denouncing the …

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Facebook’s wider Kremlin Brexit ad sweep draws a blank

Facebook has claimed to have found no further evidence of co-ordinated Russian-backed ad purchases on its platform targeting the 2016 Brexit vote in addition to the ad buys it previously reported. In December Facebook reported finding three Brexit-targeted ads and less than $1 spent by Russian-backed agents. These were from …

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