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December 18, 2018, 8:20 AM

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Bloomberg:
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this  —  - Document prepared for Senate Intelligence evaluates posts  — Instagram tops Facebook in IRA posts and unique engagements
Ina Fried / Axios:
NAACP returns a donation from Facebook and calls for a daylong boycott of it on Dec. 18 after Senate report detailed how FB was used to manipulate black voters  —  The NAACP has returned a donation from Facebook and called for a daylong boycott of the social network Tuesday following revelations …
Washington Post:
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Sources: Google's plan for a censored search engine for China “effectively ended” after infighting, with a data analysis operation key to Dragonfly shuttering  —  Google has been forced to shut down a data analysis system it was using to develop a censored search engine for China …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Coinbase is rolling out Coinbase Convert, which enables crypto-to-crypto trading for its retail customers via its website and mobile apps, in the coming days  —  Coinbase users can begin trading cryptocurrencies directly with other cryptocurrencies, the exchange startup said Monday.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Former far right extremists recall how they were radicalized by YouTube as teenagers because of its algorithm that keeps surfacing extremist content  —  Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm's dark side.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter fixes flaw in support form that leaked users' phone number country codes and other info, after noticing excessive queries from Chinese and Saudi IPs  —  Twitter accidentally exposed the ability to pull an account's phone number country code and whether the account had been locked by Twitter.

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