CNET: Twitter flags Trump, Biden, Warren campaigns, citing ad-policy violations

CNET: Twitter flags Trump, Biden, Warren campaigns, citing ad-policy violations. “Twitter flagged the campaign accounts of presidential candidates, including incumbent Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden, as ‘suspended” in the ads database, saying they’d violated the company’s policies. The accounts remain active on the social network, and it’s unclear whether any violations actually occurred. Twitter, which bans political advertising, changed the wording in the database to “ineligible for Twitter Ads” after CNET inquired about the labels on Thursday.”

The Washington Post: Opponents of Elizabeth Warren spread a doctored photo on Twitter. Her campaign couldn’t stop its spread.

The Washington Post: Opponents of Elizabeth Warren spread a doctored photo on Twitter. Her campaign couldn’t stop its spread.. “As the image solidified negative views of Warren among some who favor other Democratic candidates, the incident offered a fresh lesson about political disinformation: Homespun operations on social media represent a rising threat, capable of inciting conflict among voters and turning unwitting users into agents of online deception.”

New York Times: Facebook’s New Role as News Publisher Brings New Scrutiny

New York Times: Facebook’s New Role as News Publisher Brings New Scrutiny. “A little more than two weeks after Facebook announced a news initiative, the social network was on the defensive, responding to a published report that a website co-founded by the company’s top news executive had displayed bias against Elizabeth Warren.”

The Daily Beast: Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Smash Facebook Could Work—and Boy, Do We Need It To

The Daily Beast: Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Smash Facebook Could Work—and Boy, Do We Need It To. “Silicon Valley wants Congress to believe its web of interconnected self-regulatory organizations is no different from how the American Bar Association polices lawyers. But the global scope of tech’s activities, and its ability to cause harm to tens or even hundreds of million of users with a single oversight, is a risk potential unlike any private industry has ever known. This year the United Kingdom declared Big Tech’s self-regulatory schemes a costly and dangerous mistake. The United States must follow suit.”

CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads

CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads. “Elizabeth Warren has taken an attention-getting approach to attacking Facebook’s recent announcement that it won’t fact-check politicians’ posts. She’s running an ad on the social network that deliberately contains a falsehood.”

New York Times: Could Facebook Actually Nuke Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign?

New York Times: Could Facebook Actually Nuke Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign?. “Yes, Facebook’s willingness to let politicians lie sets a worrying precedent. And yes, lack of oversight into the platform’s decisions opens up a host of plausible election interference conspiracies. But Facebook’s essential threat to democracy isn’t that Mr. Zuckerberg will intervene on behalf of his preferred candidate — it’s more fundamental than that. Mark Zuckerberg need not intervene, because Facebook, the platform, will do so instinctively.”

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren wants to hire an army of nerds to defeat Google’s lobbyists

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren wants to hire an army of nerds to defeat Google’s lobbyists. “On Friday, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced a new plan aimed at making lawmakers less susceptible to these lobbyists and their ‘disinformation’ over sensitive issues like tech consolidation and climate change: an army of government-mandated tech nerds housed in a reinstated Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).”