New Bloom: Is China Attempting To Influence Taiwanese Elections Through Social Media?

New Bloom: Is China Attempting To Influence Taiwanese Elections Through Social Media?. “CONCERNS REGARDING Chinese attempts to interfere in Taiwanese elections are in the news again after a wave of unusual activity reported by moderators of well-known Facebook pages with a pro-Taiwan slant.”

Mother Jones: Activists Couldn’t Get Facebook to Tackle Its Discrimination Problem—Until the Russia Scandal Hit

Mother Jones: Activists Couldn’t Get Facebook to Tackle Its Discrimination Problem—Until the Russia Scandal Hit. “Famously launched from Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room in 2004, Facebook now has more users than Christianity has adherents. In 15 years of unregulated growth, it has become a place where companies can market fancy houses to white people and junk food to black children, where hate speech is amplified and the right to vote is suppressed. As the problems multiplied, some advocates and watchdogs came to believe that the repeated civil rights violations on the platform were rooted in a deliberate decision by Facebook to ignore evidence of advertising discrimination, voter suppression, and the proliferation of hate speech and extremism.”

CNET: Congress chose to bicker instead of helping fix Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

CNET: Congress chose to bicker instead of helping fix Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. “Lawmakers this week oversaw six hours of hearings in the House and Senate judiciary committees to discuss the spread of extremism and concerns about censorship on the internet. By the end, after testimony from victims, advocates and even policy people at Facebook, Twitter and Google, there were no major revelations. And there was no agreement about how to move forward. Bupkis.”

Ars Technica: DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016

Ars Technica: DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016. “A joint intelligence bulletin (JIB) has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation to state and local authorities regarding Russian hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election. While the bulletin contains no new technical information, it is the first official report to confirm that the Russian reconnaissance and hacking efforts in advance of the election went well beyond the 21 states confirmed in previous reports.”

Mashable: Facebook reveals how it plans to safeguard the Australian election

Mashable: Facebook reveals how it plans to safeguard the Australian election . “There isn’t an official date just yet, but Australian voters are set to head to the polls soon. Facebook has announced its plan to combat misinformation around the Australian federal election in 2019, rolling out similar measures to those it has implemented in the UK, EU and the U.S.”

The New York Times: In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering

The New York Times: In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering. “Unlike the 2016 interference in the United States, which centered on fake Facebook pages created by Russians in faraway St. Petersburg, the operation in Ukraine this year had a clever twist. It tried to circumvent Facebook’s new safeguards by paying Ukrainian citizens to give a Russian agent access to their personal pages.”

AdAge: Facebook Stopped A Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah In The Midterms

AdAge: Facebook Stopped A Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah In The Midterms. “One day in mid-October at 11:24 a.m., an alert went off in Facebook’s election War Room. Political news in a Utah congressional district wasn’t coming from inside the U.S.—a mismatch Facebook had tuned its software algorithms to detect. A data scientist in the election-monitoring center at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, inspected the activity manually and discovered, at 11:47 a.m., that the source spreading the content was an ad farm in Bangladesh. Ten minutes later, an operations specialist removed all the suspect activity.”