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September 17, 2021, 3:50 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Internal docs show how antivax activists flooded vaccine content on Facebook with negative comments, despite Zuckerberg's push to promote COVID-19 vaccines  —  Company documents show antivaccine activists undermined the CEO's ambition to support the rollout by flooding the site …
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New York Times:
Apple and Google remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's app that coordinated protest voting, bowing to Russian pressure on the eve of an election  —  The app, from the Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, vanished from online stores as polls opened in the parliamentary election it was designed to sway.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Biden administration is preparing many actions to disrupt ransomware payments, including sanctions on some crypto wallets and exchanges next week  —  Biden administration hopes to disrupt digital finance infrastructure that facilitates ransomware cyberattacks, a threat traced to Russia
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Internal Facebook report: Eastern European troll farms reached 140M US users/month before the 2020 election; 75% of these users didn't follow any of their Pages  —  In the run-up to the 2020 election, the most highly contested in US history, Facebook's most popular pages for Christian …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Telegram has exploded as an alternative to the dark web where criminals buy, sell, and share stolen data and hacking tools  —  New research shows growing network of hackers sharing data leaks on encrypted messaging app  —  Telegram has exploded as a hub for cybercriminals looking to buy …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
How law enforcement's ability to track people via commercially available data blurs the line between investigative due diligence and warrantless surveillance  —  Agencies' growing use of purchased data without warrants raises new legal questions  —  In January 2020, a 14-year-old girl …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Adam Mosseri faces criticism after comparing social media to cars, saying “cars create way more value than they destroy”, even though people die in accidents  —  - Facebook Instagram chief Adam Mosseri came under a flurry of criticism after comparing the value of social networks to society to that of cars.

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