The Daily Progress: UVa political panel said ‘Big Lie’ of stolen elections was part of disinformation campaign to damage U.S. democracy

The Daily Progress: UVa political panel said ‘Big Lie’ of stolen elections was part of disinformation campaign to damage U.S. democracy. “The Center for Politics at the University of Virginia hosted a panel to assess the damage that Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ of a stolen election has done to the integrity of future elections in the United States. The hour-long conversation was led by UVa alumni and Center for Politics Scholar Christopher Krebs.”

Anatomy of a tweet: The behind the scenes story of how retired federal judge Michael Luttig used Twitter to try to stop an insurrection (CNN)

CNN: Anatomy of a tweet: The behind the scenes story of how retired federal judge Michael Luttig used Twitter to try to stop an insurrection. “Retired federal judge Michael Luttig never expected to jump into the heated fight over the certification of the 2020 presidential election. And he certainly never imagined he would end up using Twitter to help former Vice President Mike Pence defy then-President Donald Trump. But on the night of January 4, while at his home in Colorado, Luttig got a call from an old friend, Richard Cullen, Pence’s personal lawyer.”

The Guardian: More than 1,000 US public figures aided Trump’s effort to overturn election

The Guardian: More than 1,000 US public figures aided Trump’s effort to overturn election. “The finding that 1,011 individuals in the public realm played a role in election subversion around the 2020 presidential race comes from a new pro-democracy initiative that launched on Wednesday. The Insurrection Index seeks to identify all those who supported Trump in his bid to hold on to power despite losing the election, in the hope that they can be held accountable and prevented from inflicting further damage to the democratic infrastructure of the country.”

New York Times: Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots, Researchers Find

New York Times: Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots, Researchers Find. “Researchers at the Brookings Institution reviewed transcripts of nearly 1,500 episodes from 20 of the most popular political podcasts. Among episodes released between the election and the Jan. 6 riot, about half contained election misinformation, according to the analysis.”

Pew: Charting Congress on Social Media in the 2016 and 2020 Elections

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Charting Congress on Social Media in the 2016 and 2020 Elections. “The 2020 election occurred in a cultural and political climate that was vastly different than that of the 2016 race. The unique nature of each election cycle was also visible in the ways members of Congress used Facebook and Twitter to engage with the public in the months before and after election day. Most obviously, the 2020 election was much more online than the preceding presidential cycle. Lawmakers shared tens of thousands more posts – and received orders of magnitude more engagement from other social media users – than was the case in 2016.”

Washington Post: Misinformation on Facebook got six times more clicks than factual news during the 2020 election, study says

Washington Post: Misinformation on Facebook got six times more clicks than factual news during the 2020 election, study says. “A new study of user behavior on Facebook around the 2020 election is likely to bolster critics’ long-standing arguments that the company’s algorithms fuel the spread of misinformation over more trustworthy sources. The forthcoming peer-reviewed study by researchers at New York University and the Université Grenoble Alpes in France has found that from August 2020 to January 2021, news publishers known for putting out misinformation got six times the amount of likes, shares, and interactions on the platform as did trustworthy news sources, such as CNN or the World Health Organization.”

NBC: Delivery of full Arizona ‘audit’ report delayed after Cyber Ninjas test positive for Covid

NBC News: Delivery of full Arizona ‘audit’ report delayed after Cyber Ninjas test positive for Covid. “Arizona Republicans will only receive a partial draft of findings from their partisan review of 2020 ballots on Monday after three people from the private company leading the so-called audit tested positive for Covid, state Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement.”

Appeals court: Senate, Cyber Ninjas must produce ‘audit’ records immediately (Arizona Mirror)

Arizona Mirror: Appeals court: Senate, Cyber Ninjas must produce ‘audit’ records immediately. “The state Senate can’t duck Arizona’s public records law because some records were created by and are in possession of Cyber Ninjas, the company that GOP legislative leaders hired to conduct a so-called ‘audit’ of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. That means the Senate must immediately turn over a bevy of documents requested by American Oversight, a liberal watchdog organization.”

University of Arkansas: Study Explains Lax Oversight in Facebook Ads During 2016 Election

University of Arkansas: Study Explains Lax Oversight in Facebook Ads During 2016 Election. “U of A English professor Adam Pope and his colleague at San Jose State University examined lax oversight of advertising on Facebook during the 2016 political campaign and found a systematic bias toward ad buyers, specifically a Russian internet troll farm that sought to sow discord within the U.S. political system.”

AZ Central: Republic takes Senate, Cyber Ninjas to court for audit records

AZ Central: Republic takes Senate, Cyber Ninjas to court for audit records. “The Arizona Republic has gone to court to demand records from the state Senate and one of its contractors to shed light on the audit of 2020 election results. The news organization on Wednesday filed a special action in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking financial records and communications about the audit from the Senate and Cyber Ninjas, the contractor it hired to lead the work.”

Frustration and bewilderment: Emails show tension between Facebook and Biden campaign (CNN)

CNN: Frustration and bewilderment: Emails show tension between Facebook and Biden campaign. “People working with Joe Biden’s presidential campaign repeatedly warned Facebook about violent campaign-related rhetoric on its platform during the heat of the 2020 election, but a series of email exchanges reveals how the social media giant sometimes brushed them off.

Mother Jones: Researchers Say They’ve Uncovered a Massive Facebook Bot Farm from the 2020 Election

Mother Jones: Researchers Say They’ve Uncovered a Massive Facebook Bot Farm from the 2020 Election. “A group of security researchers say they’ve unmasked a massive bot farm that aimed to shape public opinion on Facebook during the heat of the 2020 presidential election. According to Paul Bischoff of Comparitech, a British cybersecurity company, the network includes 13,775 unique Facebook accounts that each posted roughly 15 times per month, for an output of more than 50,000 posts a week.”