The Guardian: How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election. “One of the most powerful players in the British election is also one of the most opaque. With just over two weeks to go until voters go to the polls, there are two things every election expert agrees on: what happens on social media, and Facebook in particular, will have an enormous effect on how the country votes; and no one has any clue how to measure what’s actually happening there.” I’m taking a little comfort in the idea that the rest of the world has learned from our dumpster fires.
BBC: Iran’s Instagram election sees rivals battle on social media. “Rather than relying on state television channels to broadcast their campaign rallies, the two front-runners – President Hassan Rouhani and his hard line rival Ebrahim Raisi – have been live-streaming them on Instagram. At the touch of a button, anyone with a mobile device has been able to tune in, watch and show their support by adding to the blizzard of likes, hearts and smiley faces streaming across the screen.”
South China Morning Post: Social media becomes the new battleground for Hong Kong’s political parties. “With the main elections over, political parties are switching their battleground to social media, aiming to widen their reach in the community and consolidate their support base. Among those leading the way is the Democratic Party, which is launching its own broadcasting channel this summer, but its focus will not be just politics.”
Engadget: Facebook purges thousands of fake profiles ahead of UK election. “Facebook has doubled its efforts to tackle fake news in the UK. As the nation heads towards a snap general election, the company has removed ‘tens of thousands’ of accounts which it believes were involved in the spread of misinformation.”
CNET: Facebook posts fake news ads in newspapers ahead of UK election. “Facebook launched a UK newspaper campaign on Monday warning British citizens to be wary of fake news in the lead up to the General Election on June 8. The social network took out ads in major papers including The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, which list ten things its users should look out for when deciding whether to trust information they read online. The tips include checking headlines, URLs, photos and dates.” Hopefully the people who vet Facebook’s ads will get to read the same thing.
Reuters: French candidate Macron claims massive hack as emails leaked. “Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a ‘massive’ computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.”
BetaNews: Chrome extension Who Targets Me? reveals how Facebook is used for election propaganda. “With the UK on the verge of an early general election — one that will be fought with Brexit and Scottish Independence looming large — political campaigns are getting underway, including on Facebook. To help educate voters about how they are being besieged by political parties, a free Chrome extension called Who Targets Me? has been launched. It reveals just how personal information made available on the social network is used.”