Facebook just took down multiple misinformation campaigns linked to Russia and Iran.
On Tuesday, the social network it had removed 2,632 Facebook Pages, Groups and accounts that “engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior” on both Facebook and Instagram.
Most of the accounts removed by Facebook this time around were connected to Russia. But, the company says the majority of the accounts were removed for spam-related activity. In total, the social network removed 1,907 Russian-linked pages, groups and accounts. The “small portion” of accounts that were setup to spread misinformation mostly posted content related to political issues and conflicts in Ukraine. Around 1.7 million accounts were part of the 1,757 Facebook Groups that were removed. The company also took down 86 Pages and 64 Facebook accounts. Read more…
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On the heels of becoming the latest investor in Ola, today Hyundai announced another key deal to further its ambitions in next-generation automotive services. Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems. This is Yandex’s […]
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Messaging platform Telegram claims to have had a surge in signups during a period of downtime for Facebook’s rival messaging services. In a message sent to his Telegram channel, founder Pavel Durov’s just wrote: “I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours.” It’s probably not a coincidence that […]
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Keith Wright Contributor Share on Twitter Keith Wright is a Villanova School of Business instructor of Accounting and Information Systems, founder of Simplicity On-Demand LLC and former Senior Vice President for Global Sales Operations for SAP. There is no question that the arrival of a fragmented and divided internet is now upon us. The “splinternet,” […]
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Russian trolls were awfully quiet during the 2018 Midterms. Now we know that’s thanks in part to a preemptive cyber attack by the United States Military.
According to by The Washington Post, U.S. Cyber Command launched its “first offensive cyber campaign against Russia” on the day of the 2018 midterm elections. The cyber attack, backed by intelligence from the National Security Agency, reportedly took the Kremlin-linked Russian troll farm, Internet Research Agency, offline for the day.
Officials say the purpose of the election day operation was to block any possible disinformation campaigns from Russia regarding the Midterm results. Read more…
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A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for […]
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