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Twitter shares data for 5,929 accounts that spread Saudi Arabian propaganda

By engadget, gear, Internet, politics, propaganda, saudi arabia, smaat, social media, Social network, social networking, Twitter

Twitter isn’t exactly fond of Saudi Arabia’s alleged attempts to manipulate its platform, and that became particularly clear today. The social media company has shared details of 5,929 now-banned accounts that it says were part of a state-backed effo…

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Fake news campaigns are a growing global problem

By disinformation, engadget, facebook, fake news, false, gear, google, Internet, misinformation, politics, propaganda, Security, social media, state-backed, tomorrow

Disinformation is a major threat to tech companies, society, even democracy — and it’s only getting worse. In 2019, disinformation campaigns occurred in at least 70 countries, a significant jump from 28 countries in 2017. That’s according to a new r…

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NYU report lists likely social media disinformation tactics for 2020

By China, disinformation, engadget, entertainment, facebook, fake news, instagram, Iran, nyu, politics, propaganda, russia, Security

The 2020 US presidential election will serve as the ultimate test for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to prove they can combat fake news. But could they be fighting the last war? A report released by NYU’s Stern Center for Business a…

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Twitter is displaying China-made ads attacking Hong Kong protesters

By ads, advertising, China, engadget, Hong Kong, Internet, politics, propaganda, protest, protests, Social network, social networking, Twitter

Twitter is finding itself at the heart of a heated political battle. Pinboard and other users have observed Twitter running ads from China’s state-backed media outlet Xinhua attacking the Hong Kong protesters opposed to both a (since-suspended) extr…

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Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’ was a celebration of conspiracy theorists

By conspiracy theories, Donald Trump, engadget, entertainment, facebook, fake news, gear, infowars, instagram, Internet, misinformation, politics, president trump, propaganda, social media, social media summit, trump, Twitter, White House, white house social media summit

President Donald Trump kicked off his Thursday morning by doing what he does best: tweeting. Amid a sea of missives, which ranged from attacks on the "Fake News Media" to the Mueller Report, he said it would be "a big and exciti…

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Twitter bots pushed ‘Russiagate hoax’ following the Mueller report

By bots, Donald Trump, engadget, gear, Internet, mueller, mueller report, politics, propaganda, saudi arabia, Social network, social networking, trump, Twitter

As much as Twitter has done to keep bots from manipulating users, it still has work to do. NBC News and disinformation campaign researcher Clint Watts have learned that a network of over 5,000 Trump-supporting Twitter bots echoed an attack on…

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Russia tested a hypersonic missile it claims will beat all defenses

By avangard, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, hypersonic, Military, missile, politics, propaganda, putin, russia, video, vladimirputin, wargadget

Russia might have advanced the development of a hypersonic missile system. State-backed media reports that the Defense Ministry has successfully tested Avangard, which mates an ICBM with a glide vehicle that travels up to Mach 5. Officials s…

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The scary truths about Trump’s nuclear summit

By authoritarian, badpassword, column, dictatorship, disarmament, donaldtrump, engadget, g-7, justintrudeau, kimjong-un, northkorea, nuclearization, nuclearwar, Opinion, peacesummit, politics, propaganda, Security, tomorrow

In the first summit meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea, Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. The two leaders smiled warmly, posed for cameras as friends, shook hands, and Trump spoke i…

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The scary truths about Trump’s nuclear summit

By authoritarian, badpassword, column, dictatorship, disarmament, donaldtrump, engadget, g-7, justintrudeau, kimjong-un, northkorea, nuclearization, nuclearwar, Opinion, peacesummit, politics, propaganda, Security, tomorrow

In the first summit meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea, Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. The two leaders smiled warmly, posed for cameras as friends, shook hands, and Trump spoke i…

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The uncovering of a fake Russian pundit

By badpassword, bellingcat, column, departmentofdefense, engadget, Internet, Opinion, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, propaganda, Security, services

At this point in history, you probably wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that the guy who owned Jared and Ivanka’s Washington home was just uncovered as the ringleader behind what some believe is a Russian counterintelligence operation. But you’d s…

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Let’s stop pretending Facebook cares

By 2016election, cambridgeanalytica, christopherwylie, column, datasecurity, donaldtrump, engadget, facebook, gear, infosec, Internet, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, propaganda, Security, services

The really great thing to come out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is that Facebook will now start doing that thing we were previously assured at every turn they were doing all along. And all it took was everyone finding out about the harve…

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Facebook’s fake war on fake news

By badpassword, Business, column, engadget, facebook, fakenews, flagged, infosec, Internet, Opinion, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, propaganda, Security

It’s hard watching Facebook struggle. Like how for the past two years it’s alternated between looking like it’s doing something about fake news, and actually doing something about fake news.

The company’s latest stab at the problem is saying it will…

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How hateful alt-right trolls hijacked your timeline

By badpassword, column, engadget, facebook, idiocracy, infosec, Internet, Opinion, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, propaganda, putin, robots, Security, services, trolls, Twitter

You don’t need to get attacked by a pro-Trump troll-bot horde to know that social media is a battleground for propaganda farms. It’s pretty obvious, and miles of speculative digital ink has been spilled saying as much. An Oxford study this week is ge…

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Buzz Around China’s New-Year’s Gala? It’s From the Drones

By CCTV, Culture, entertainment, Law & Politics, Lunar New Year, media, propaganda, Spring Festival, wsj

Showering China Central Television’s annual Spring Festival Gala with criticism and invective is a cherished Lunar New Year tradition. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, interest appears to have soared in a part of the show set to be broadcast from the picturesque southern city of Guilin.

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