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The midterms had record voter turnout. Should Snapchat get credit?

My partner’s arms are longer than mine, so, on election day this year, I made him take the #IVoted selfie.  Now, I’m not one for selfies, usually. But I decided to share my act of civic participation on social media earlier this month for two reasons. First, because I was genuinely jazzed to vote. It...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook’s former security chief stands up for the social network, calls for change

Facebook‘s former chief security officer is defending the social network amid the fallout from the New York Times’ bombshell report on the company this past week. Alex Stamos, who was the company’s CSO from 2015 up until the summer of 2018, wrote a piece published in the Washington Post on Saturday responding to the New...CONTINUE READING
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Youth voter turnout spiked during the midterms. Now what?

When making sense of the youth voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, there’s good news, bad news, and some more good news.  Early estimates show young people voted at historic rates. About 31 percent of people aged 18 to 29 voted in the midterms this year (a significant increase from 21 percent in 2014),...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook blocks 115 accounts for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

Facebook has taken action against a number of Facebook and Instagram accounts which appear to be spreading fake news days ahead of the midterm U.S. elections.  In a blog post published Monday, the company said it blocked a total of 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts which “may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior.”...CONTINUE READING
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The UK and Canada summon Mark Zuckerberg for a hearing

Another Facebook hearing is on the horizon. Canadian and UK lawmakers have banded together in a fight against political manipulation online, according to TechCrunch. The two countries have together summoned Mark Zuckerberg to appear before a joint committee to testify on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook‘s role in spreading misinformation online.  Facebook has until Nov. 7...CONTINUE READING
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Now it’s way easier to see who’s doing the most political spending on Facebook

Facebook has been pulling back the curtain on how politicians, super PACs, corporations, and other entities spend money on its platform. On Tuesday, it made that information more comprehensible, and therefore useful, with a weekly Ad Archive Report that summarizes political and “issues” advertising on the platform. SEE ALSO: How well does ‘microtargeted psychographic advertising’...CONTINUE READING
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Twitter releases trove of 10 million tweets by foreign bad actors

Twitter has brought the foreign election-interfering trolls out from under their bridges. On Wednesday, Twitter announced in a blog post that it was releasing the complete cache of data and content by foreign entities including Russia and Iran  created to interfere with American politics and information. The amount of content is staggering: 4,611 accounts from...CONTINUE READING
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Study: Twitter isn’t doing enough to combat ‘fake news’

Almost two years since the 2016 presidential election, misinformation campaigns are still running rampant on social media. Now, a new study claims that things are looking especially grim on Twitter. A study by the Knight Foundation published Thursday found that “more than 80 percent” of Twitter accounts that were involved in spreading disinformation and falsehoods...CONTINUE READING
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Uber will offer a ‘Get to the Polls’ button on Election Day

Uber can take you to the polls.  In the lead-up to the upcoming midterm elections, the ride-hailing app is helping passengers and drivers get registered to vote. Then they’re making sure registered voters have a way to get to the polls. SEE ALSO: West Virginia will use blockchain-backed smartphone voting in 2018 midterms On Nov....CONTINUE READING
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Snapchat’s voter registration initiative might actually reach new voters

Snapchat is the latest social network to roll out a voter registration initiative in the run up to the 2018 midterm elections. But with its engaged and youthful user base, and the registration tool’s deeply integrated design, it may actually have the power to reach (and register) new voters. Beginning Tuesday, all Snapchat users over...CONTINUE READING
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