Internet Research Agency

Trump campaign tops ad spending, and other things in Google’s new database

With November just around the corner — and a spotlight on how tech giants are handling elections — Google has rolled out a way to track spending on …

U.S. Presidential Election

Russian Trolls Spread QAnon Conspiracy Theory

QAnon, Pizzagate, other conspiracy theories were spread by an army of Russian trolls, according to an analysis of nearly three million tweets.<p>We are …

QAnon

Editorial: Protect your vote by practicing defensive citizenship

In the age of the internet and the year of a super-important midterm congressional election, it’s not safe to be a casual participant in democracy.<p>To …

Voting

Why Should We Fear Russian Political Ads?

By any measure, they are a drop in the ocean. And they’re hard to distinguish from domestic sentiments.<p>Alarm bells rang in the media and on Capitol Hill last month when Facebook announced its discovery and removal of a new wave of malicious political ads of probable Russian origin, indicating …

Social Media

Russian troll account pushed ‘Q’ theory last year: report

A Russian troll account created to exacerbate divisions in the U.S. last year pushed the far-right conspiracy theory known as "QAnon," according to …

Black Lives Matter

Analysis: Latest Political Influence Campaign on Facebook 'Most Probably' Russian

A digital forensic group has done an analysis of the 32 pages and accounts that Facebook recently removed from its platform for “coordinated …

Social Media

Russian trolls had burst of activity for pro-Trump website: report

Russian social media operatives stepped up activity last year to boost a website known for inaccurate content favorable towards President TrumpDonald …

Social Media

‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages. Ad buyers can select audiences based on details like a user’s location, political leanings and interests as specific as the Museum of the Confederacy or online gambling. …

Business

Cutting Through The 'Fake News:' Proof That Russia Is Hacking Everyone

Recently, the world watched as Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki, Finland. The long-term results of this historic summit have yet to be realized, and many have speculated one way or the other on its outcome. What we do know from this meeting, thus far, is that nothing has …

Russia

Internet security leader: Hackers are 'trying to undermine very process of democracy'

One internet security expert is cautioning that hackers are threatening U.S. Democracy — and it’s not just happening at the voting booths.<p>Matt …

Elections

Most Americans think platforms should stop filtering news

<b>Whether giant social platforms</b> like Google, Facebook and Twitter should filter (or censor) content on their networks is the subject of much debate, …

Internet

Russian Trolls Spread Baseless Conspiracy Theories Like Pizzagate And QAnon After The Election

Matt Rourke / AP<p>A campaign rally with President Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 2.<p>Long after President Trump's election victory in 2016, …

Internet

Russian Trolls Amped Up Tweets for Pro-Trump Website's Content

Russia’s social-media trolling operation began stepping up its Twitter presence to new heights in late July 2017 -- more than eight months after …

Internet

Instagram is investigating user reports of hacked accounts

Over the past week, there’s been an uptick in users reporting on Reddit and Twitter that their Instagram accounts have been hacked and the contact information associated with the account changed. After Mashable first reported on the account takeovers Monday, Instagram now says it’s looking into the …

Social Media

How a likely Kremlin pawn courted US conservatives

Russians are fond of saying, “V chuzhoi monastir so svoim ustavom, ne khodyat” — that is, “No one goes to another monastery with their own charter,” …

Russia

Meet the Indiana dad who hunts Russian trolls

<b>Bloomington, Indiana (CNN) —</b> When it comes to hobbies, Josh Russell concedes he gets a little obsessive. No matter his interest, be it videogames or miniature figurine board games, he always wants to be the best. Perhaps that explains the dedication he's shown to his latest pastime: Hunting Russian …

U.S. Politics

Report: Judge Dismisses Russian Motion on Mueller Charges

A federal judge in Washington on Monday rejected a Russian company's motion to dismiss charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.<p>U.S. …

Donald Trump

Prosecution rests after two weeks of testimony in Manafort case

Prosecutors rested their case Monday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after two weeks of testimony detailing the million-dollar lies they say he told to the IRS and banks that loaned him money.<p>The six-man, six-woman jury in Alexandria, Va., is expected to hear closing arguments …

Corruption

Election apocalypse: Could Russians actually hack the 2018 midterms? It’s entirely possible

<b>Vladimir Putin (Getty/Photo Montage by Salon)</b><p>Shifting a few votes in a few districts could be enough — and if hackers are subtle, they’ll get away with it<p>Bob Cesca<p>August 14, 2018 12:00pm (UTC)<p>During this year’s 26th annual DEFCON convention, a massive event organized by and for hackers, an …

Vladimir Putin

How a Fake Group on Facebook Created Real Protests

SAN FRANCISCO — Black Elevation appeared to be an organization dedicated to fighting racism to the tens of thousands of people who visited its page on Facebook.<p>The group promoted events and coordinated activities in several cities. It messaged activists and asked them to spread the word. It posted …

Social Media

Trump-appointed judge rules Mueller investigation is constitutional

Judge Dabney Friedrich, appointed by President Trump to the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., ruled Monday that Special Counsel Robert …

Donald Trump

Anniversary of deadly far-right rally marked by vigils, marches

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A year after a deadly gathering of far-right extremists in Charlottesville, Virginia, a few dozen white nationalists marched …

Rights & Freedoms

Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? It’s Now Undeniable

For some time, there has been a conflation of issues—the hacking and leaking of illegally obtained information versus propaganda and disinformation; …

Russia

'Unite The Right' White Nationalist Rally Drowned Out By Counterprotesters

Internal disputes within white nationalism helped reduce the number of protesters at last weekend's "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington, D.C.<p>Transcript<p>MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:<p>They promised 400. They delivered a few dozen. A small turnout for the white nationalist rally yesterday here in …

Rights & Freedoms

Impact Of Facebook's False Posts Is Difficult To Measure

Many groups organizing counter-protests to last weekend's Unite the Right 2 rally used Facebook event pages to build attendance.<p>The Shut It Down D.C. coalition was among them. But Facebook took down its page for being part of "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to a company news release …

Internet

New database shows how Russian tweets inflamed tensions around Charlottesville

One year later, we're finally learning about how Russian accounts targeted both sides during last year's violence.<p>As the one-year anniversary of the …

Rights & Freedoms

Republican Congressman Says Russia Helped Fan Flames of Racial Tension in Charlottesville

A Republican member of Congress who represents Charlottesville claimed Saturday that Russians played a key role in fanning the flames of racial …

Rights & Freedoms

Election officials' concerns turn to information warfare as hackers gather in Vegas

<b>Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) —</b> As hackers sit down to break into dozens of voting machines here in Las Vegas this weekend, some state and local election officials that have flown in to witness the spectacle at one of the world's largest hacking conventions are becoming increasingly concerned about …

Justice

A boy playing on a phone at a gas station didn’t cause fatal explosion, as viral post asserts

Even by the free and easy standards of fake news, it doesn’t get many marks for effort.<p>“Let kid use mobile phone in the car at the gas station, the …

Fake News

We like to mock Trump, but Britain’s Russia stance is even worse | Jonathan Freedland

There are not many laughs to be had from international diplomacy, but US foreign policy in the age of Donald Trump provides a grim kind of comedy all the same. This week the world’s diplomats allowed themselves a chuckle at the risibly inconsistent US approach to Russia, in which the State …

Opinion (UK)