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Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Equifax has taken down a webpage after it directed users to install a fake Adobe Flash update containing adware; company blames third-party analytics vendor   —  Equifax said Thursday that its systems were not compromised, after they looked into a report by an independent researcher …
Oct 12, 2017, 6:00 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Facebook says it fixed a CrowdTangle “bug” that allowed a researcher to analyze the reach of Russia-linked account posts   —  Social media analyst Jonathan Albright got a call from Facebook the day after he published research last week showing that the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign …
Oct 12, 2017, 12:35 PMIn context
Pierre Omidyar / Washington Post:
Study: social media has become a direct threat to democracy as it can facilitate echo chambers, misinformation, manipulation, micro-targeting, hate speech   —  Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, is a philanthropist, technologist and humanitarian.  He is a member of The WorldPost editorial board.
Oct 11, 2017, 8:00 AMIn context
Washington Post:
Google finds Russian-bought ads worth tens of thousands of dollars on YouTube, Gmail, DoubleClick, which were part of effort to influence the 2016 election   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company's platforms in an attempt …
Oct 9, 2017, 7:25 AMIn context
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Mattel says it's canceling its AI-powered Aristotle smart hub for kids after privacy and childhood development concerns   —  This post has been updated.  —  Mattel said Wednesday that it will not move forward with plans to sell a kid-focused smart hub, after new executives decided it did not …
Oct 5, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Sources: Russians used Facebook's Custom Audiences retargeting tool to ID voters and send specific ads and messages to influence them   —  A sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Ben Margot/AP)  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites …
Oct 3, 2017, 1:35 AMIn context
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Sources: under the President's directive, US Cyber Command performed DDoS attacks against hackers in North Korea's military spy agency   —  Early in his administration, President Trump signed a directive outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea that involved actions across …
Oct 1, 2017, 2:30 PMIn context
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Oxford University researchers find Twitter bots spread misinfo and propaganda at higher rates in 2016 battleground states in 10-day period around Election Day   —  Propaganda and other forms of “junk news” on Twitter flowed more heavily in a dozen battleground states than in the nation overall …
Sep 28, 2017, 1:30 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Sources: on Nov. 19, 9 days after Zuckerberg downplayed fake news' role in election, Obama appealed to him to take threat of political disinformation seriously   —  Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company's social network played …
Sep 24, 2017, 8:20 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states that their election systems were targeted by Russian government hackers during 2016 election   —  (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal/AP)  —  The Department of Homeland Security contacted election officials in 21 states Friday to notify …
Sep 22, 2017, 10:40 PMIn context

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