How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election

April 20, 2018

When Young Mie Kim began analyse political ads on Facebook in August of 2016–while Hillary Clinton was still producing the polls — few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency. Not even Facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform’s users to influence the election. For Kim, a prof of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the goal was to document the direction…

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Mark Zuckerberg Answers to Congress for Facebook’s Troubles

April 13, 2018

This time around, Zuckerberg will have to do more than apologize away each screw-up. Zuckerberg’s opening remarks walk through the company’s marquee mistakes, including both enabling Russian interference in the 2016 election and leaching as many as 87 million customers’ personal data to the shady political firm Cambridge Analytica. He also arrives prepared with a raft of recent betterments Facebook is stirring to protect user data, make ads most transparent…

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Earns Likes for Washington Performance

April 12, 2018

Company’s shares jump more than 5 percentage to two-week high CEO looked uncomfortable on occasion, but got a few giggles too Mark Zuckerberg apologized, defended his corporation, and jousted with questioners while come to terms with others during his first-ever congressional testament. Early examines on his effort to restore trust with lawmakers and the public were mostly positive. ” It was my mistake, and I’m sorry ,” Zuckerberg told Tuesday,…

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How ISIS and Russia Won Friends and Manufactured Crowds

April 11, 2018

Since November 2016, a national battle has raged about the role of social media in politics. People bemoaned the viciousness of trolls, the consequences of the incendiary fake report, the frog memes and Twitter bots and YouTube conspiracy videos. All the histories of manipulation and unintended upshots began igniting angry debates and inspired a long overdue dialogue: what is the proper persona of social networks in public discourse? This important…

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Russian Roulette review: as Joe Biden said, ‘If this is true, it’s treason’

April 2, 2018

Michael Isikoff and David Corn lay bare the evidence that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have been striving to collaborate for years Whenever I finish a book like Russian Roulette, I ask myself the same question: why is anyone still debating whether there was collusion between the Russians and Donald Trump? Like obsolete “. Trump began visiting Moscow in 1987 and his on again, off again effort to build a…

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Want to understand the Trump effect? Go see ‘The Death of Stalin’

April 2, 2018

Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump Jr ., Ivanka Trump, John McCain, and General John Kelly … or rather, their 1953 Russian variants . Image: IFC Someday in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be sitting in the dark of a multiplex as a trailer play for the first big-budget movie give of the Donald Trump administration. No uncertainty there will be giggles, gasps, boo, and intense online debates about whether it’s too soon…

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After Muellers Indictments, an Interview With a Mole Who Was Inside Russias Pro-Trump Troll Factory

March 20, 2018

MOSCOW–When Lyudmila Savchuk read the U.S. federal grand jury accused of interfering in the the 2016 U.S. elections and other violations, including bank fraud and identity crime, she was disappointed. All of those called by Special Counsel Robert Mueller were connected to the Internet Research Agency, also known by its infamous sobriquet the Troll Factory. Savchuk used to work there, and Mueller’s list, she articulated, should include hundreds of people….

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What Trump Still Gets Wrong About How Russia Played Facebook

March 17, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a bombshell indictment Friday, implicating 13 Russian nationals and detailing a multi-year, expensive, and widespread try to influence the 2016 general elections. At the center of that attempt were Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, which the Russian Internet Research Agency( IRA) used to recruit American followers, programme real-life rallyings, and spread propagandas about issues like religion, migration, and eventually Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook…

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Russia blocks UN resolution on eastern Ghouta ceasefire

March 14, 2018

Reports of civilian casualties in Syrian rebel enclave are mass psychosis, envoy claims Russia has blocked a UN resolution that would have established a 30 -day ceasefire and humanitarian deliveries in east Ghouta, went on to say that widespread reporting of heavy civilian casualties in the besieged area on the leading edge of the Syrian capital, Damascus, was a product of” mass psychosis “. The Russian emissary to the UN,…

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Mueller Indicts Trumps Claim That Russian Interference Is Fake News

March 12, 2018

Special counsel Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos–with reportedly another coming from indicted Trump campaign official Friday accusation,” had as its object impairing, stymie and overcoming the lawful governmental functions of the United States by dishonest intends in order to enable the Defendants to interfere with U.S. political and electoral processes, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election .” Even as President Donald Trump seeking a direct interview with Trump, who last…

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Leaked: Secret Documents From Russias Election Trolls

March 11, 2018

The Kremlin-backed troll farm at the center of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election has softly suffered a cataclysmic security breach, The Daily Beast has confirmed, in a divulge that spilled new more detailed information on its operations onto obscure corners of the internet. The Russian ” information exchange ” Joker.Buzz, which auctions off often stolen or confidential information, advertised a leakage for a large cache of the access…

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Kelly Is Said to Explore Moving McMaster Back to Military Role

March 5, 2018

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly recently asked the Pentagon about an opportunity for a potential military position outside the White House for National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, an legion lieutenant general, according to a White House official, fueling speculation that McMaster will soon leave its most recent position. The Defense Department is looking for an opening for him, with an eye toward a command in which he would…

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A Blockbuster Indictment Details Russia’s Attack on US Democracy

February 23, 2018

Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 election entered a brand-new phase Friday, as his squad indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for their “conspiracy” to illegally influence the US presidential campaign. It was an indictment unprecedented in American history–a direct and public accusation that America’s primary foreign adversary meddled extensively, expensively, and expansively in the core of the American democratic process, attempting to…

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Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? Its Now Undeniable

February 21, 2018

For some time, there has been a conflation of issues–the hacking and leaking of illegally obtained information versus propaganda and disinformation; cyber-security issues and the hacking of elections systems versus datum operations and datum warfare; paid advertising versus coercive messaging or psychological operations–when discussing “Russian meddling” in the 2016 US elections. The refrain has already become: “There is no evidence that Russian efforts changed any votes.” But the bombshell 37…

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Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

February 21, 2018

Each new violating news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke excitements, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot founders know this. And thanks to data-gathering activities from groups like the Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, “the worlds” knows this. In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida, academy shooting, which culminated in 17 fatalities, troll…

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Second Trump-Russia dossier being assessed by FBI

February 18, 2018

Exclusive: memo written by former writer Cody Shearer independently sets out some of the allegations made by ex-spy Christopher Steele Second Trump-Russia dossier being assessed by FBI Nick Hopkins Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Democrat criticize Trump over absence of Russian sanctions- video

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Julian Assange Thought He Was Messaging Sean Hannity When He Offered News on Democrat Investigating Trump-Russia

February 12, 2018

At about 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, a couple hours after she started pretending to be Julian Assange. That’s when she said she” kind of panicked .” ” I experienced bad. He truly thought he was talking to Sean Hannity ,” said Gilliam. Gilliam, a technological writer from Texas, was borne with the flu when she created @SeanHannity__ early Saturday morning. The Fox News host &# x27; s real report…

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Mueller’s Team Has Interviewed Facebook Staff as Part of Russia Probe

February 12, 2018

The Department of Justice’s special counsel Robert Mueller and its term of office have interviewed at the least one member of Facebook’s team that was associated with President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a person very well known the matter. The interview was part of Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and what role, if any, the Trump campaign played in that interference. Facebook and other…

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Bob Muellers Investigation Is Largerand Further AlongThan You Think

February 12, 2018

President Trump claimed in a tweet over the weekend that the controversial Nunes memo “totally vindicates” him, clearing him of the gloom of the Russia investigation that has hung over his administration for a year now. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if anything, the Mueller investigation appears to have been picking up steam in the past three weeks–and homing in on a series of targets. Last…

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