News@Northeastern: Democrats Who Won 2018 Midterms Were More Negative Than Republicans On Twitter, Research Finds

News@Northeastern: Democrats Who Won 2018 Midterms Were More Negative Than Republicans On Twitter, Research Finds. “It was a mantra first popularized by Michelle Obama in 2016 and echoed again and again by Democratic politicians who vowed to rebuke the negative speech they said their Republican counterparts espoused. ‘When they go low, we go high,’ she said. Only two years later, the message seems not to have stuck, according to new research from Northeastern University.”

Washington Post: U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms

Washington Post: U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms. “The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the Kremlin’s operations against the United States are not cost-free. The strike on the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, a company underwritten by an oligarch close to President Vladi­mir Putin, was part of the first offensive cyber campaign against Russia designed to thwart attempts to interfere with a U.S. election, the officials said.”

TechCrunch: Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018

TechCrunch: Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018 . “Reddit has said the number of government requests for user data more than doubled in 2018 than on the previous year. The news and content sharing site said in its latest transparency report, posted Wednesday, it received 752 requests from governments during the year, up from 310 requests a year earlier.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Hits 2 Billion Monthly Users, As Number Of Channels With 1 Million Subscribers Doubled Last Year

Tubefilter: YouTube Hits 2 Billion Monthly Users, As Number Of Channels With 1 Million Subscribers Doubled Last Year. “Despite reporting fourth quarter earnings yesterday that topped analyst expectations — including revenues of $39.42 million — Google (and YouTube) parent company Alphabet saw its stock drop by roughly 3% in the wake of the report, in which it revealed that ad prices were declining. And while Alphabet does not break out standalone performance stats for YouTube, the company did provide some new stats about its video giant. Google CEO Sundar Pichai (pictured above) said that YouTube now counts almost 2 billion monthly logged-in users — a modest 200 million user increase over the 1.9 billion monthly users that YouTube reported last quarter, per Fortune.”

Medium: Why Fears of Fake News Are Overhyped

Medium: Why Fears of Fake News Are Overhyped. “Many important concerns about online misinformation still remain, including the influence of the fake news audience, the difficulty of countering fake news at scale, the dangers of Facebook’s size, and the threat of YouTube-based radicalization. But none of these questions can be adequately addressed without creating a reality-based debate that puts fake news in context as just one of the many sources of misinformation in our politics.”