• Facebook blocks dozens of accounts for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior' ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

    7 days ago - By The Verge

    Facebook announced that it has blocked around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections that were “engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” following a tip from US law enforcement agencies on Sunday night.
    The news was announced just hours before the polls opened in the United States. While Facebook says that it's still investigating the accounts , the company is releasing the news early due to the proximity to the election. Facebook hasn't explicitly stated what these accounts did or how many people they reached, but the announcement implies...
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  • Ahead of US midterms, Facebook removes 30 accounts and 85 Instagram profiles

    Ahead of US midterms, Facebook removes 30 accounts and 85 Instagram profiles

    7 days ago - By ZDnet

    Facebook says it acted after a tip it received on Sunday from US law enforcement.
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  • Google Brings Election Tools to Google Search

    Google Brings Election Tools to Google Search

    7 days ago - By Phone Scoop

    Google today rolled out several tools to help Americans vote in the 2018 mid-term elections. There are three components to the information being offered by Google: how to vote; who are the candidates and what are the issues; and what are the results. Anyone who searches for "how do I register to vote" or "how do I vote" will be given detailed information on registration deadlines, requirements, eligibility, and the logistics of casting a ballet at your local polling place. Searching for "where do I vote" should show people the right location. Need help understanding what's at stake? Google...
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  • Study of political junk on Facebook raises fresh questions about its metrics

    7 days ago - By TechCrunch

    A midterms election study of political disinformation being fenced by Facebook's platform supports the company's assertion that a clutch of mostly right-leaning and politically fringe Pages it removed in October for sharing “inauthentic activity” were pulled for gaming its engagement metrics.
    Though it remains unclear why it took Facebook so long to act against such prolific fakers - which the research suggests had been doping their metrics unchallenged on Facebook for up to five years.
    The three-month research project carried out by Jonathan Albright of the Tow Center for Digital...
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  • Facebook removes 115 suspicious accounts ahead of US mid-term elections

    Facebook removes 115 suspicious accounts ahead of US mid-term elections

    7 days ago - By The Next Web

    Just before the US mid-term elections, Facebook removed a total of 115 accounts it thought that ‘engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior'. The company said US Law enforcement contacted it on Sunday to report suspicious online activity, which they believed was possibly linked to foreign entities. Today, the social network removed 30 accounts from Facebook and 85 accounts from Instagram. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said: We immediately blocked these accounts and are now investigating them in more detail. Almost all the Facebook Pages associated with these...
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