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Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Shift: Russian Trolls Came for Instagram, Too

In the wake of the 2016 election, Instagram — known as the home of preening influencers, artfully arranged grain bowls and Icelandic vacation photos — somehow escaped much of the scrutiny of other social networks. But two new reports suggest that may have been a mistake. The reports, conducted by …

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Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say

SAN FRANCISCO — When lawmakers asked YouTube, a unit of Google, to provide information about Russian manipulation efforts, it did not disclose how many people watched the videos on its site that were created by Russian trolls. Facebook did not release the comments that its users made when they viewed …

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The Shift: Social Media’s Forever War

Social networks, after all, are not extensions of the United States government. They are owned by corporations seeking to maximize their growth and profitability, and many of them operate mostly outside the United States. (It’s useful to periodically recall that fewer than 10 percent of Facebook’s users are American.) The …

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Voter Suppression and Racial Targeting: In Facebook’s and Twitter’s Words

Twitter In statements submitted in September to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of a hearing with Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, the company said that it “unequivocally condemns the use of our platform for any election interference activity.” Referring to Tailored Audiences, an advertising feature that can …

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Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans

The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report …

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Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence …

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows

On Thursday, one of those shareholders, Scott M. Stringer, the comptroller of New York City, who administers the city’s public pension fund, said Mr. Zuckerberg’s grip over Facebook protected him from being answerable for the company’s mistakes. “Renegade executives who are focused only on growth regardless of the risks — …

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Facebook at War: 6 Key Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation

For more than a year, Facebook has endured cascading crises — over Russian misinformation, data privacy and abusive content — that transformed the Silicon Valley icon into an embattled giant accused of corporate overreach and negligence. An investigation by The New York Times revealed how Facebook fought back against its …

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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Three years ago, Mr. Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004 while attending Harvard, was celebrated for the company’s extraordinary success. Ms. Sandberg, a former Clinton administration official and Google veteran, had become a feminist icon with the publication of her empowerment manifesto, “Lean In,” in 2013. Like other technology executives, …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Social Media Faces Another Election Test

Crazy, right? Not so fast, says my colleague Kevin Roose. We shouldn’t be letting Facebook off the hook so easily. It was months of pressure that made Facebook take disinformation issues seriously. Just because we made it through the midterms without a significant impact from disinformation doesn’t mean meddlers won’t …

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