VOA: China Launches Corruption Crackdown on Social Media Ahead of Party Congress

Voice of America: China Launches Corruption Crackdown on Social Media Ahead of Party Congress. “The Communist Party of China has recently warned its members of eight major “red lines” while using the popular social media platform WeChat, prohibiting behaviors like accepting or giving electronic ‘red envelopes’ to buy votes. The warning showcases the party’s resolve to fight corruption ahead of this year’s 19th party congress, which is slated to elect China’s top leaders for the next five years.”

Google Blog: By Washington’s teeth! U.S. presidential history, now on Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: By Washington’s teeth! U.S. presidential history, now on Google Arts & Culture. “Today, as a follow-up to our American Democracy collection, Google Arts & Culture is partnering with more than 30 cultural institutions to bring you history from the United States presidency… With over 2,000 new artifacts, photos, pictures and more, and 63 new exhibits (for 158 exhibits, total) this collection invites you to remember and celebrate the history, lives and legacies of the 44 U.S. presidents.”

Reuters: Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election

Reuters: Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election. “French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country’s presidential election, though the onslaught of ‘junk news’ is not as severe as that during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.”

Forbes: Saving Endangered Data From Ancient Rome To Trump’s America

Forbes: Saving Endangered Data From Ancient Rome To Trump’s America. “From San Francisco to New York City, groups of scientists, librarians, researchers and concerned Americans have rushed to preserve federal data and citations that have begun to disappear from government websites. Such efforts have culminated in a series of independently organized events across the country dubbed Endangered Data Week. Believe it or not, this isn’t a new problem. Even in Ancient Rome, political leaders were fond of destroying records and documents that painted a picture of a reality they couldn’t accept.”

Reuters: Facebook cracks down on 30,000 fake accounts in France

Reuters: Facebook cracks down on 30,000 fake accounts in France. “Facebook Inc said on Thursday it suspended 30,000 accounts in France as the social network giant steps up efforts to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam. The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is among the most aggressive yet by Facebook to move against accounts that violate its terms of service, rather than simply respond to complaints.”

State of Tennessee Puts New Andrew Jackson Collection Online

The state of Tennessee has put a new Andrew Jackson collection online. “…the Tennessee State Library and Archives has an online collection of materials that will make it easier to learn about the nation’s seventh president. The 109-item collection includes digitally scanned copies of many of Jackson’s personal letters, original maps from the War of 1812, political cartoons, campaign broadsides, engravings, lithographs and a rare photograph of him. Also included are papers from some of Jackson’s chief associates, including John Overton, John Coffee, James Winchester, William Carroll and William B. Lewis.”