University of Bristol: New research shows U.S. Republican politicians increasingly spread news on social media from untrustworthy sources

University of Bristol: New research shows U.S. Republican politicians increasingly spread news on social media from untrustworthy sources. “A study analysing millions of Tweets has revealed that Republican members of the US Congress are increasingly circulating news from dubious sources, compared to their European counterparts.”

Not over: Young generations continue the fight to protect Martial Law memories (Rappler)

Rappler: Not over: Young generations continue the fight to protect Martial Law memories. “Project Gunita is a network of volunteers and members of various civil society organizations that aim to defend historical truth. They particularly push back against historical denialism and protect truths about the Martial Law years. Through the project, the three founders and their members created a digital archive of all materials that contain information about Marcos’ Martial Law to preserve them.”

Spotted via Google: Saving Candidate Websites

Spotted via a random Google search result: Saving Candidate Websites. From the home page: “Each year, thousands of people run for local political offices across the United States. Many of them create websites and social media sites to reach potential voters. But after each election cycle, thousands of these websites disappear from the web…. If these sites aren’t archived, we lose important digital artifacts from an election cycle — ones that are useful for future journalists, researchers and historians. With tools like the Wayback Machine and groups like the Archive Team, we can ensure that these sites are scooped up before they’re lost forever.”

The Conversation: From curry nights to ‘coal kills’ dresses: how social media drives politicians to behave like influencers

The Conversation: From curry nights to ‘coal kills’ dresses: how social media drives politicians to behave like influencers. “Why do politicians often post content that seems awkward, outrageous or strange? The answer could be an appeal to authenticity – something that has become a valuable currency in the world of politicians, influencers and social media.”

Globe and Mail: Sidewalk Labs project gained support from Trudeau in 2017 call ahead of bid process

Globe and Mail: Sidewalk Labs project gained support from Trudeau in 2017 call ahead of bid process. “Google parent Alphabet Inc. gained support from Justin Trudeau for its plan to build a technology-driven community in Toronto after a private, undisclosed call between the Prime Minister and the company’s chairman before the project was ever made public.”

Hartford Courant: Legislation to force Big Tech to pay publisher for online news ‘blown up’ by censorship amendment

Hartford Courant: Legislation to force Big Tech to pay publisher for online news ‘blown up’ by censorship amendment . “Proposed legislation that would force Big Tech to pay publishers for aggregating news content online stalled in the Judiciary Committee Thursday after an amendment introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz to prohibit censorship ‘collusion’ narrowly passed, sharply dividing the bipartisan sponsors of the bill.”

Washington Post: Trump’s Truth Social steps closer to a financial cliff

Washington Post: Trump’s Truth Social steps closer to a financial cliff. “A Trump-allied investment company, Digital World Acquisition Corp., asked shareholders this week to approve a one-year extension for its merger with Trump’s company while it fends off multiple federal investigations. But at a special meeting Tuesday, the company’s leader, Patrick Orlando, abruptly postponed the announcement of the vote until Thursday, saying he wanted to give shareholders more time to respond. Reuters first reported Tuesday that the company didn’t have the votes.”

Deal partner for Trump’s Truth Social fails to get backing for SPAC extension: Reuters, citing sources (CNBC)

CNBC: Deal partner for Trump’s Truth Social fails to get backing for SPAC extension: Reuters, citing sources. “The blank-check acquisition firm that agreed to merge with Donald Trump’s social media company failed to secure enough shareholder support for a one-year extension to complete the deal, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.”

From Facebook to TikTok: S’pore politicians’ latest social media battleground (Straits Times)

Straits Times: From Facebook to TikTok: S’pore politicians’ latest social media battleground. “First, Members of Parliament went on Facebook when many Singaporeans spent more time on the social networking site. In recent years, they took to Instagram. Today, they are also turning to TikTok. The Sunday Times explores the trend and allure of this social media platform.” This is an overview leading to a set of related stories.

Washington Post: The Biden White House gets feisty on Twitter

Washington Post: The Biden White House gets feisty on Twitter. “‘We’ve never hesitated to call out hypocrisy, and we’re not going to stop now,’ said White House spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna…. The White House also recently hired Megan Coyne as deputy director of platforms in its Office of Digital Strategy. Coyne garnered widespread attention among Democrats for bringing humor and punchiness to a New Jersey state-run account with tweets that went viral.”

CNN: Arizona Republican secretary of state nominee kept ‘Treason Watch List’ and posted about stockpiling ammunition on Pinterest

CNN: Arizona Republican secretary of state nominee kept ‘Treason Watch List’ and posted about stockpiling ammunition on Pinterest. “The Republican nominee for secretary of state in Arizona is a self-proclaimed member of the far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers who repeatedly shared anti-government conspiracies and posts about stockpiling ammunition on social media.”