Tag: election

Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers

Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the social network will send postcards to verify ……


US indicts 13 Russian nationals for alleged election tampering

Today, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a federal jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to defraud the US. The charges……


Twitter says 49 Russian accounts tried to sway Brexit voters

UK officials have been pressing Facebook and Twitter to investigate whether Russian-based accounts attempted to influence the 2016 Brexit vote. Previous responses from both platforms were found to be inadequate by the chair of the UK’s digital……


Facebook: Russian trolls created 129 event posts during 2016 election

On Thursday the Senate Intelligence committee released information from Facebook, Google and Twitter responding to Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. In its statement, Facebook noted that Russian “Internet Research Agency” ……


Facebook explores whether social media is good for democracy

As part of its Hard Questions series, Facebook has decided to explore the question of whether social media is good for democracy. The last US presidential election brought that question to the fore of many people’s minds, directly or indirectl……


Twitter missed its Russia election interference deadline

Over the course of 2017, evidence emerged that Russian actors posted advertisements and content on US-facing sites leading up to the 2016 election to influence public opinion. As part of their investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee ……


France considers new laws to fight fake news

During a media briefing yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that he would soon introduce new legislation aimed at combating fake news during elections. Under the new law, websites publishing sponsored content would have to disclos……


Putin wants to police social media ahead of Russian election

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wants to start monitoring companies on social media during the country’s presidential election next year, to assess just how involved they are with domestic politics. Speaking with leaders in Russia’s parliame……


Senate bill would help guard against election hacks

American election security is a mess. Many voting systems are vulnerable, but replacing machines is expensive — and then there’s the lack of coordination between different levels of government. The country needs a lot of help if it’s going to……


Google and ProPublica help journalists cover local elections

ProPublica and Google’s News Lab are teaming up to help journalists, especially at the local level, report on all things related to elections. The Election Databot, which launched during the 2016 general election, will now offer up data on eve……