Internet Research Agency

Can Facebook, Twitter Crack Down on Deception?

How much control do Facebook, Twitter and Google have over what happens on their platforms? Lawmakers called representatives from some of the world’s …

Business

Russian spokesperson’s TV comment referenced 2007 Photoshop fake as real

“Speaking of lobbying,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova began.<p>(They had been speaking about lobbying, more or less; Zakharova …

Canadian News

Rising alarm in Britain over Russian meddling in Brexit vote

November 18, 2017 7:31 PM<br>LONDON (WASHINGTON POST) - New investigations released this week suggest the Russians meddled in Britain's historic …

Brexit

Welfare queens and red-blooded Americans: How Russia tapped into our racial anxieties to fuel social divide

As the investigation and intrigue into Russian election interference continue, one unexplored arena remains — an introspective look at the United States’ <b></b>relationship with bigotry.<p>Inside the Russian operation to sow discord in the American electorate via social media <b></b>lives truths about the nation’s …

News (U.S.)

Here’s what Russians think: Brexit is your creature – don’t blame it on us

Russian trolling had little effect on the referendum outcome – it was like pouring a bucket of water into the ocean<p>It’s become a staple of “Russiagate” coverage in the US: a “bombshell report” promises to once and for all prove that Donald Trump owes his presidency to Russian dirty money, political …

Opinion

British politicians, experts want more from Facebook on Russian election meddling

Facebook is facing pressure from British lawmakers and academics to shed more light into potential Russian interference in U.K. politics.<p>Members of …

Social Media

Twitter Has a Chance to Solve Two Problems at Once

Why won't they take it?<p>Twitter's existential problem with fake anonymous accounts would seem like an especially difficult one to solve. But a separate controversy holds the key to a holistic solution. It's a rare chance for a company to solve two major challenges in one fell swoop -- if only …

Business

FEC To Craft Rules For Online Political Ads

The Federal Election Commission voted unanimously Thursday to craft new regulations regarding disclaimers for online political ads.<p>"Foreign …

Advertising Industry

Agency Of The Year Winners Revealed

MEDIA Agency of the Year: <b>Havas Media Group</b><p>OMMA Digital Agency of the Year: <b>Big Spaceship</b><p>Holding Company of the Year: <b>Dentsu Aegis Network</b><p>Social Agency …

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A notorious Russian Twitter troll came back, and for a week Twitter did nothing

<i>Update: Twitter suspended the new "Jenna Abrams" account minutes after CNN published this article revealing its existence and Twitter's lack of action against it.</i><p>A Kremlin-linked troll that has become infamous after having fooled thousands of Americans appears to have returned to Twitter more than …

Social Media

Hundreds of fake 'Russian Twitter accounts' published posts about Brexit

More than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from Russia have reportedly published posts about Brexit.<p>Researchers at the University of …

Birmingham, UK

Damian Collins: Voters have a right to know about Russian interference in UK politics

Priti Patel is about halfway to Downing Street as I knock on Damian Collins’ office door in Portcullis House. Thanks to some enterprising hacks, …

Downing Street

Russian troll describes work in the infamous misinformation factory

For months, Vitaly Bespalov, 26, was one of hundreds of workers pumping out misinformation online at the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll factory responsible for explosive content seen by 126 million Americans in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election.<p>In many ways, the IRA was like …

Business

Internet freedom slipping through our fingers; governments use...

Where is government manipulation going and how is it affecting net neutrality? According to a report compiled by watchdog Freedom of the Net, online …

Censorship

Did Putin buy Brexit?

<i>Denis MacShane is a former Minister of Europe and was a Labour MP for 18 years.</i><p>The latest evidence of Russian meddling in the referendum, based on …

Russia

U.K. Committee to Invite Twitter to Face Lawmakers

U.K. lawmakers are planning to invite representatives from Twitter Inc. to give oral evidence as part of the government’s investigation into Russian …

Russia

Exposed: How Russia targeted Brexit vote with covert network of 150,000 troll accounts

Russia used a 'troll farm' known as the Internet Research Agency to spread chaos.<p>More than 150,000 Twitter accounts located in Russia posted up to …

Brexit

In 2016, Russian Bots Were Busy Supporting Brexit, Too

Russian President Vladimir Putin probably thinking about what he might tweet next.Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images Russians agents sure do …

Cambridge Analytica

Russian Mercenary Leader Now Behind Troll Farm Mastermind’s Catering Business

Dmitry Utkin, a military intelligence reserve commander, leads the Wagner mercenary group, which is believed to have played key roles in the …

European News

Signs of Russian Meddling in Brexit Referendum

LONDON — More than 150,000 Russian-language Twitter accounts posted tens of thousands of messages in English urging Britain to leave the European Union in the days before last year’s referendum on the issue, a team of researchers disclosed on Wednesday.<p>More than 400 of the accounts that Twitter has …

Russia

How a Russian 'troll soldier' stirred anger after the Westminster attack

A ‘proud Texan’ who delighted in tabloid coverage of his tweet misrepresenting a Muslim woman was not what he seemed<p>A simple tweet, sent when a nation is in shock, is a quick and effective way of provoking outrage. That’s what @SouthLoneStar discovered after rebuking British Muslims in the wake of …

Barack Obama

It Turns Out A Russian Troll Factory Was Behind Islamophobic Westminster Attack Tweets

If you showed us the headline of the article just two years ago, we would have been flabbergasted. But today, we’re still quite flabberghasted, as it …

Russia

Russians tweet claim Muslim woman ignored terror victims - and so much else

A shadowy Russian group has been identified as being the source of a tweet of this picture suggesting the unidentified woman didn't care about the …

New Zealand News

Report: Fake news and trolls lead to fall in global internet freedom

More governments using disinformation, paid trolls and bots to manipulate internet content and are limiting access to objective information online …

Censorship

How 400 Russia-run fake accounts posted bogus Brexit tweets

Researchers find that accounts run from a St Petersburg troll farm tried to sow discord between Britons over the referendum<p>Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts …

News (Scotland)

Fake Twitter accounts targeting EU referendum 'co-ordinated by Russia'

A detailed analysis of Twitter accounts identified by the US senate as being linked to the Kremlin shows this activity before, during and after the …

UK News

Facebook says Russia did try to meddle in Brexit vote

BuzzFeed has obtained a statement from Facebook in which the tech giant admits, for the first time, that some Russia-linked accounts may have used its platform to try to interfere in the UK’s European Union referendum vote in June 2016.<p>Which means Russian agents weren’t just using Facebook to …

Russia

Viral photo of Muslim woman 'ignoring Westminster terror victims' actually shared by a Russian troll

The photo shared by @SouthLoneStar in March swiftly went viral and prompted a fierce racial backlash from far-right activists in the UK and the US.<p>A …

Viral

Britain’s May slams Russia for election meddling and fake news (unlike President Trump)

LONDON — Dispensing with diplomatic niceties, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday night charged Vladimir Putin’s Russia with attempting to “undermine free societies” and “sow discord” in Britain and the West by “weaponizing information” and “deploying its state-run media organizations to …

World News

Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

While America explores quite how much its election was interfered with by outsiders, the news isn't good for the rest of us, according to independent …

Censorship