CNET: Google denies Trump’s accusations of voter manipulation

CNET: Google denies Trump’s accusations of voter manipulation. “Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant ‘manipulated’ millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump was referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been ‘debunked since it was made.'”

Reuters: Russia tells Google not to advertise ‘illegal’ events after election protests

Reuters: Russia tells Google not to advertise ‘illegal’ events after election protests. “Tens of thousands of Russians staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday, defying a crackdown to demand free elections to Moscow’s city legislature. Multiple YouTube channels broadcast the event live.”

Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials (Motherboard)

Motherboard: Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials. “The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet. But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet for months and possibly years, including in some swing states.”

CNBC: Google employees weighed free speech concerns before the 2016 elections, internal emails show

CNBC: Google employees weighed free speech concerns before the 2016 elections, internal emails show. “Google employees appear to have foreseen many of the company’s political challenges in the run-up to Donald Trump’s presidential election, according to an internal email discussion obtained by CNBC.”

CNN: The Democratic Party deepfaked its own chairman to highlight 2020 concerns

CNN: The Democratic Party deepfaked its own chairman to highlight 2020 concerns. “The Democratic National Committee wanted to demonstrate the potential threat to the 2020 election posed by deepfake videos — clips created with artificial intelligence that can make people appear to do or say things they never did. So the committee came up with a novel solution: It had experts make one, with its chair as the victim.”

CNET: Political campaign texts are working, researchers say

CNET: Political campaign texts are working, researchers say. “A new report from Democratic technology company Tech for Campaigns has found that people who received text messages from election campaigns were 1% more likely to vote. The company’s researchers found Democratic campaigns and organizations sent 350 million texts in 2018. That’s six times more than were sent in 2016 and 2017.”

WTKR: Twitter tells new congressional candidates they’ll have to win their primaries to get verified

WTKR: Twitter tells new congressional candidates they’ll have to win their primaries to get verified. “The social media giant isn’t making exceptions for candidates running for office in 2020, emails between a campaign representative and Twitter, obtained by CNN, show. That’s despite indications that foreign entities have previously attempted to pose as US political candidates on social media.” I really, really hate Twitter’s verification system.