CNN: Democrats blast Google’s new rules for political ads

CNN: Democrats blast Google’s new rules for political ads. “Three major Democratic committees blasted Google on Friday for an ad policy that will allow politicians to run false ads across its platforms, including YouTube, in the run-up to the 2020 election. The Democrats also took aim at Twitter, without actually naming it, for banning all ads from politicians.”

Nieman Lab: News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast

Nieman Lab: News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast. “‘We observe segregation in political news consumption.’ In this working paper, ‘Partisan Enclaves and Information Bazaars: Mapping Selective Exposure to Online News,’ Stanford researchers examined a ‘data set of web browsing behavior collected during the 2016 U.S. presidential election’ to see how Democrats and Republicans seek out news sources and how they change their news consumption levels in response to different political events. (The data set is from YouGov and was also used in this paper.)”

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa. “The Des Moines Register candidate tracker is the best way to stay up-to-date on the whereabouts of presidential contenders in Iowa. Starting today, the Register is releasing a new tool that will bring information from the candidate tracker to your Twitter feed, making it it easier than ever to keep up with the whirlwind 2020 caucus cycle.”

CNET: 6 million voter email addresses left unsecured for nine years, researchers say

CNET: 6 million voter email addresses left unsecured for nine years, researchers say. “A list of 6.2 million email addresses amassed by Democratic campaign organizers appears to have been exposed on the internet for nearly a decade. Researchers at UpGuard found the list on an unsecured cloud server that would have let anyone with an internet connection read it.”

Stanford News: New Stanford research shows difference in language used by Republicans and Democrats

Stanford News: New Stanford research shows difference in language used by Republicans and Democrats. “New Stanford linguistics research has analyzed how Republicans and Democrats use different language when discussing mass shootings on social media and found that Republicans talk more about the shooter and Democrats focus more on the victims.”

EurekAlert: Trump’s tweets reveal hidden unity between Democrats, Republicans

EurekAlert: Trump’s tweets reveal hidden unity between Democrats, Republicans. “Democrats and Republicans may stand on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but when it comes to President Donald Trump’s tweets, they have more in common than meets the eye. Both parties disapprove of Trump’s tweets that insult people or contain false information, and they like language that supports the military or shares condolences, regardless of their attitudes toward the president, according to a new University at Buffalo study published this month in the Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Web and Social Media.”

The whisper room: Moderates on Twitter are losing their voice (University of Missouri)

University of Missouri: The whisper room: Moderates on Twitter are losing their voice. “With the growing popularity of social media, Twitter has become a prominent place to voice opinions on both ends of the political spectrum. With the ability to follow those who only argue one side, voices of people who are in the middle, disinterested in politics or use social media solely for entertainment purposes might be getting drowned out amidst the political noise.”