Neowin: Twitter expands political ad transparency tools to EU, India, and Australia

Neowin: Twitter expands political ad transparency tools to EU, India, and Australia . “Twitter has announced that it’s bringing political ad rules to European Union member states, India, and Australia, following a rollout last year in the United States. The transparency effort consists of the Political Campaigning Policy, which defines political content, and the Ads Transparency Center (ATC), where users can dig into information about political advertisers.”

The Sociable: Social media is the new dais for Asian elections

The Sociable: Social media is the new dais for Asian elections. “Asian countries, such as India, Thailand, and Indonesia are all starting an election year and are banking on social media and tech to draw in the votes. Here we take a look at the role of social media platforms in upcoming elections throughout Asia.”

Open Letter: Facebook, Do Your Part Against Disinformation (Mozilla Blog)

Mozilla Blog: Open Letter: Facebook, Do Your Part Against Disinformation. “Mozilla, Access Now, Reporters Without Borders, and 30 other organizations have published an open letter to Facebook. Our ask: make good on your promises to provide more transparency around political advertising ahead of the 2019 EU Parliamentary Elections.”

The New Times: Social media trolls, influencers set for a fight in Nigeria’s elections

The New Times: Social media trolls, influencers set for a fight in Nigeria’s elections. “As Nigeria’s Feb 16 presidential election approaches, tensions are ramping up across the country and like elsewhere around the world social media has become one of the most fraught battlegrounds. Online, candidates and their respective political parties are engaging individuals, usually young men and some women, who have been creating fake accounts daily to direct conversations, promote agenda, expose the shortcomings of opponents, and test the ground for Election Day when unofficial results will be emerging on social media.”

National Post: How Facebook plans to stop a disinformation campaign from spreading during Canada’s upcoming federal election

National Post: How Facebook plans to stop a disinformation campaign from spreading during Canada’s upcoming federal election. “Facebook says it has learned from mistakes made during the 2016 U.S. election and it’s committed to preventing a similar disinformation campaign from spreading during Canada’s upcoming federal election. Kevin Chan, Facebook’s head of public policy in Canada, said the company’s biggest errors came from a fundamental misconception about what kind of threats they should be looking for.”

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.”