The Daily Beast: Russian Troll Factory Alum Selling Social Media Mobs for $299 a Month. “Ever wished your personal or corporate Facebook account had the same polish and verve as the legion of fake accounts created by Russia’s election trolls? Then here’s good news. The newly indicted Internet Research Agency, or a former worker at the St. Petersburg troll factory, may be getting into the social media management business.”
The Register: Pressure mounts on FCC to cough up answers over fake net neutrality comments. “Analysis US lawmakers have weighed in on the FCC’s controversial vote to scrap America’s net neutrality rules, demanding information on the millions of fake comments submitted to the watchdog’s public consultation on the decision – and asking pointed questions about how the federal regulator handled them.”
TechCrunch: The real consequences of fake porn and news. “For a democratic society in which the presumption of truth is generally the default response to most content, we will quite soon live in a world where everything must be considered fake without evidence to the contrary. It’s as if we suddenly moved to an authoritarian country and needed to constantly dismiss the propaganda we see every day. When it comes to policy problems facing startups, tech companies, political parties and governments together, this challenge is about as thorny as they come.”
BuzzFeed: Overseas Fake News Publishers Use Facebook’s Instant Articles To Bring In More Cash. “While some mainstream publishers are abandoning Facebook’s Instant Articles, fake news sites based overseas are taking advantage of the format — and in some cases Facebook itself is earning revenue from their false stories. BuzzFeed News found 29 Facebook pages, and associated websites, that are using Instant Articles to help their completely false stories load faster on Facebook. At least 24 of these pages are also signed up with Facebook Audience Network, meaning Facebook itself earns a share of revenue from the fake news being read on its platform.”
Ubergizmo: Facebook Claims To Have Over 200 Million Fake/Duplicate Accounts. “Creating a new Facebook account is relatively easy, which is why more often than not you might find accounts that are spammy or trying to scam you into clicking links or wanting to be your friend. However exactly how big of a problem is this? According to Facebook, apparently fake and/or duplicate accounts make up about 10% of the social network’s monthly active users.”
Capital Public Radio: California Lawmaker Hopes Bot Bill Sheds Light On Fake Social Media Accounts. “Social media companies such as Twitter would be required to identify automated accounts, known as bots, under a new bill scheduled to be introduced in the California Legislature this week. Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles said his bill would not ban bots. Instead, it would shed light on the fake accounts that simulate real people and spread waves of false information across their platforms, the lawmaker said.”
Boy Genius Report: This website looks identical to Reddit, but it will steal your password. “The next time you decide to visit Reddit to get your daily fill of world news, funny pictures and silly comment chains, be sure that you take your time when typing in the website address. A malicious site that looks identical to Reddit was discovered over the weekend, and if you’re not careful, you could have your login information stolen.” Still up at his writing.