Tag Archives: Facebook

House Democrats Release Russian Facebook Ads

Talking Points Memo reports: Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee posted Wednesday a selection of the Facebook ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts as the committee’s hearing on how Russia exploited social media during the 2016 election got under way. The committee Dems posted screenshots of the ads, as well as some of the the meta data associated with the ads, ...

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REVEALED: Russian Election Content On Facebook Was Seen By 126 Million, Many Times More Than Thought

The Washington Post reports: Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than what the company previously disclosed about the reach of the disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Google on Monday acknowledged ...

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Facebook Tests Taking Non-Promoted Media Posts Out Of User Feeds, Outlets Report Massive Drop In Hits

The Hill reports: Facebook is testing a new update that would move non-promoted posts out of users’ newsfeeds, which could be a major hit to media publishers who use the platform to bring traffic to their websites. The changes are currently being tested in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka, according to Filip Struhárik, a journalist at Slovakian ...

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Facebook, Instagram Outages Hit Users Worldwide

Mashable reports: Bad news, friends: Facebook appears to be down for a large number of users. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is reportedly struggling too. Users of the social media platform began reporting issues around 11:11 a.m. EST, and it appears the outage has spread. The problems appear to be affecting users on both desktop and mobile. Multiple services, ...

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Facebook Tests “Context” Button To Fight Fake News

TechCrunch reports: Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it’s beginning a test of a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel. “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” Facebook product manager ...

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Facebook Publishes Full-Page Ads In Wake Of Russia Revelations: We Will Fight Against Election Interference

Fortune reports: Facebook took out full-page advertisements in Wednesday’s issues of the New York Times and Washington Post in an effort to defend itself as the company takes fire for its role in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The company, which has acknowledged that about 10 million Americans saw Russian-linked ads on Facebook, outlined in its ad the ...

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Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Key Swing States

CNN reports: A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump’s victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of ...

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ACLU Battles DOJ Search Warrants Seeking Information On 6000 Facebook Users Who “Liked” Anti-Trump Page

Law Newz reports: The ACLU-DC is trying to stop three search warrants that would let the Department of Justice snoop around protesters’ Facebook accounts over Inauguration Day protests. They filed in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, saying the government’s demands violate the Fourth Amendment because they are so broad and threaten First Amendment speech. These warrants ask for too much ...

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Zuckerberg Hits Back At Trump’s Conspiracy Claim

From Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page: I want to respond to President Trump’s tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him. Every day I work to bring people together and build a community for everyone. We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas. Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we ...

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Trump: Facebook And All Media Conspire Against Me

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump alleged Wednesday major media organizations and social networks are working in a vast conspiracy against him. Trump has long maintained the media is out to get him and harm his administration, or at the very least not telling the full story of his presidency or electoral victory. The tweet comes after Facebook revealed Russian-connected ...

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Russian Facebook Ads Backed Stein, Sanders, Trump

Politico reports: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was the beneficiary of at least one of the Russian-bought political ads on Facebook that federal government officials suspect were intended to influence the 2016 election. Other advertisements paid for by shadowy Russian buyers criticized Hillary Clinton and promoted Donald Trump. Some backed Bernie Sanders and his platform even after his presidential ...

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REPORT: Trump Campaign Conspired With Family Research Council To Infiltrate Facebook Management

Buzzfeed reports: Steve Bannon plotted to plant a mole inside Facebook, according to emails sent days before the Breitbart boss took over Donald Trump’s campaign and obtained by BuzzFeed News. The email exchange with a conservative Washington operative reveals the importance that the giant tech platform — now reeling from its role in the 2016 election — held for one ...

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Trump Rages About Facebook And “Crooked Hillary”

The Daily Beast reports: In his latest early morning tweetstorm, President Trump called the reports of Russian ads on Facebook a “hoax” and pointed the finger, once again at former challenger Hillary Clinton: “What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?” The Daily Beast first reported Russian efforts to mobilize Trump voters during the ...

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Facebook To Hand Over Russian Ads: We Don’t Want Anyone Using Us To Undermine Democracy [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Under growing public pressure to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on its site, Facebook said on Thursday that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential election. “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” ...

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REPORT: Russian Propagandists Used Facebook To Organize Trump Rallies In 17 Florida Cities During 2016

The Daily Beast reports: Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election, The Daily Beast has learned. The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs ...

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Hillary Slams Facebook For Election Fake News [VIDEO]

During her appearance on last night’s Rachel Maddow Show, Hillary Clinton took aim at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news during the 2016 election. The Hill reports: “We may have our disagreements among Americans, we’re not going to let the Russians come in and divide us. And so we’re going to make Facebook own up to everything. They’ve just begun ...

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Facebook Sold US Election Ads To Russian Troll Farm

The Washington Post reports: Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators Wednesday that it has discovered it sold ads during the U.S. presidential election to a shadowy Russian company seeking to target voters, according to several people familiar with the company’s findings. Facebook officials reported that they traced the ad sales, totaling $100,000, to a Russian “troll farm” with a history ...

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FRANCE: Russia Used Facebook To Spy On Macron

Reuters reports: Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought ...

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Facebook’s Status Update: We’ve Hit Two Billion Users (We’re Also Deleting 66K Hate Speech Posts Weekly)

USA Today reports: It’s the biggest status update ever from Mark Zuckerberg: Two billion people — more than a quarter of the world’s population — hang out on Facebook at least once a month. The milestone that Zuckerberg announced Tuesday is all the more remarkable because no other Internet company has ever reached it. If Facebook were a country, it ...

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Facebook Outlines Counter-Terrorism Strategies

Facebook this afternoon published a blog post outlining their artificial intelligence strategies in combating terrorists who use the site to spread propaganda, recruit, and share tactics. An excerpt: We want to find terrorist content immediately, before people in our community have seen it. Already, the majority of accounts we remove for terrorism we find ourselves. But we know we can ...

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