Internet Research Agency

Twitter is exploring how to notify its users that they saw Russian propaganda during the 2016 election

It comes amid pressure from Capitol Hill.<p>Twitter appears to be exploring ways to notify perhaps millions of users who may have seen Russian propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the company revealed Wednesday.<p>Appearing at a hearing before Senate lawmakers, the company’s director of …

Social Media

Facebook to investigate Russian influence on Brexit

Facebook has told the British government's fake news inquiry it will expand its investigation into whether Russian agents attempted to influence the …

News (Ireland)

Trust War: Dangerous Trends in Cyber Conflict

In 2007, Idaho National Laboratory conducted a test in which hypothetical hackers opened and closed a diesel generator’s circuit breakers. The video …

Cybersecurity

Media Organizations Grapple With the New Facebook

Over the next few months, with the implementation of a revised strategy, Facebook’s two billion users will see less content produced by news organizations and more from their friends, if all goes according to the company’s plan. So what does that mean for the media companies that have come to …

Photojournalism

Putin's trolls are targeting Trump's GOP critics—especially John McCain

Mother Jones illustration; W6/Getty<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>When John McCain checked into Walter Reed Medical …

Liberal View

Twitter misses deadline in Senate intel panel’s Russia probe

Twitter has missed a deadline to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee with answers involving certain Russian-linked accounts requested by …

Senate Intelligence Committee

Facebook, Google, Twitter: How tech giants are involved in the Russia investigation

As lawmakers continue to investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, major tech companies have sent representatives to Capitol Hill to reveal just how much Russian activity was found on their platforms.<p>General counsels for Facebook, Google and Twitter testified in multiple hearings …

Social Media

Sen. Warner 'disappointed' with Twitter about Russian election meddling information

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Comey back in the spotlight after Flynn makes a deal …

Amy Klobuchar

Twitter misses Senate deadline on Russian meddling

Twitter missed a Senate Intelligence Committee deadline to answer questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and its platform, Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said Tuesday.<p>Facebook, Twitter, and Google were all asked to provide additional information after …

Business

Labeling Women Witches Remains a Powerful Tool for Social Stigmatization

T he act of stigmatizing people accused of practicing witchcraft would seem to have ended with the 17th century Salem, Mass. witch trials (1692–1693) …

Witchcraft

Legendary Facebook backer nails the existential problem facing social media

As a veteran tech investor and early social media adopter, Roger McNamee is uniquely positioned to explain why Facebook and Google are so successful …

Cambridge Analytica

News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend

In his yearly televised speech before midnight on Dec. 31, President Vladimir Putin thanked Russians for their work and achievements.<p>“Let everyone be …

Russia

From the future of bitcoin to Facebook, 2018 in technology

Social networks and politics, the still unfulfilled promise of augmented reality, pay-to-play games: what might change in the year ahead<p>Echo and Home will start to talk back<p>Both of the major smart home platforms have a long-running problem with “discoverability”: it’s very hard to let users know …

Pokémon Go

What Russian Journalists Uncovered About Russian Election Meddling

A cautionary tale about the importance of independent media abroad<p>Much of 2017 was consumed with untangling the political mess that was 2016 and Russia’s role in it.Much of what we learned came from American journalists, who brought us revelation after revelation about how the Kremlin meddled in …

Politics

What were the biggest tech stories of 2017?

Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode count down the Top 10 news items of the year on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>As the world prepares to say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2017, it’s shocking to think just how much happened in tech this year: The new U.S. president made …

Technology

Can Facebook win its battle against election interference in 2018?

Claims of Russian meddling dominated 2017. The US midterm elections will be first big test of Facebook’s effort to stamp it out<p>Social networks spent much of 2017 slowly coming to terms with the extent to which their platforms had been exploited to spread political misinformation. But the narrow …

Politics

Facebook, Twitter and social media’s road to federal regulation

The extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election remains unclear, but it's no secret that social media played a major role. This year brought with it a great deal of scrutiny for tech giants, particularly Facebook, Twitter and Google. These three companies came under the US …

Social Media

Fake news stories blame Muslims as well as Antifa for Amtrak crash

As we reported last week, one fake news narrative blames Antifa, a loosely organized group of anarchists, for last week’s fatal Amtrak train …

Journalism

Here are 5 highlights from the year's biggest scandal

Metzel Mikhail/TASS/Zumapress<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>This was a high-intensity year for politics—the …

Liberal View

You've got mail

How a pattern of strange letters at the dawn of the Cold War gave Canadian authorities their first suspicions of Moscow's attempts to influence the West – and how Russian intelligence uses those same tactics in cyberspace today<p>In August, 1948, a strange handwritten letter arrived in the mailbox of …

Russia

Chechnya’s leader just got kicked off Instagram because of U.S. sanctions. Why only him?

MOSCOW — Until this week, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov's rants, wishes and selfies were there for all to see on Facebook and Instagram.<p>He posed with actor Gerard Depardieu and boxer Floyd Mayweather. He posted videos of him beating up his sports minister in a boxing ring. He showcased a …

Russia

Mueller Probing for Possible Connection Between RNC Digital Operations and Russian Trolls: Report

Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly expanded his on-going Russia investigation to question Republican National Committee (RNC) staffers to …

Robert Mueller

Facebook explains why it will no longer use red 'Disputed Flags' next to fake news articles

The changes come as social media giants continue to face scrutiny over the role their platforms played in Russian operatives' misinformation …

Propaganda

President Trump's first year plays heavily into Maryland politics

President Donald J. Trump remains deeply unpopular in Maryland, but his tumultuous first year in the White House has left an unmistakable imprint on …

Rod J. Rosenstein

Here’s How to Check If You Liked or Followed Russian Propaganda on Facebook

I realize that this may come as a surprise to you, but it turns out that Russian agents used Facebook to spread misinformation during the 2016 …

Facebook

Facebook’s holiday gift is a tool to check your engagement with Russian propaganda

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg must have only reluctantly offered up his company’s Christmas gift to users in the US and UK. Very quietly, on Dec. 22, the Friday before Christmas, Facebook rolled out a tool for users to check their engagement with Russian propaganda. It appeared on the site with …

Mark Zuckerberg

How to check whether you followed or ‘liked’ any Russian propaganda on Facebook, Instagram

A new online tool allows Facebook and Instagram users to find out whether they followed or “liked” any pages or accounts created by a Russian “troll …

Boston

Use Facebook's Tool to See if You Followed Russian Propaganda

Facebook's new tool will quickly show you whether you liked or followed pages linked to Russian groups that used the social network to spread …

Facebook

In a campaign that lasted multiple years, Russian hackers targeted journalists from across the world

Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most …

Russia

New Facebook tool tells users if they've liked or followed Russia's 'troll army'

Tool allows users to see if they have engaged with Russian propaganda entity the Internet Research Agency, but won’t reach millions already exposed to fake news<p>Facebook has launched a new tool to allow users to see if they’ve liked or followed Russian propaganda accounts, though the feature likely …

Politics