The Sentinel (India): Poll memes, dubsmashes take social media by storm

The Sentinel (India): Poll memes, dubsmashes take social media by storm. “With am aim to strike a chord with young voters, political parties, candidates and the public relations firms have gone into a frenzy, sharing memes and dubsmashes, including in regional languages, across social media platforms. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘achche din’ and ‘Mei Bhi Chawkidar’ campaign and his reverse archery skills to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Aaloo Daalo Sona niklega’ — everything new and old is being refreshed, recycled and reused as memes and dubsmashes on social media in the election season.”

CNET: Congress chose to bicker instead of helping fix Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

CNET: Congress chose to bicker instead of helping fix Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. “Lawmakers this week oversaw six hours of hearings in the House and Senate judiciary committees to discuss the spread of extremism and concerns about censorship on the internet. By the end, after testimony from victims, advocates and even policy people at Facebook, Twitter and Google, there were no major revelations. And there was no agreement about how to move forward. Bupkis.”

Washington Post: Senate Republicans renew their claims that Facebook, Google and Twitter censor conservatives

Washington Post: Senate Republicans renew their claims that Facebook, Google and Twitter censor conservatives . “Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday pilloried Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations they censor conservative users and content online, threatening federal regulation in response to claims that Democrats long have described as a hoax and a distraction.”

News1130: Israeli group finds fake pro-Netanyahu social media accounts

News1130: Israeli group finds fake pro-Netanyahu social media accounts. “An Israeli watchdog says it’s found a network of social media bots disseminating messages in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of next week’s elections. Two researchers operating the Big Bots Project said Monday they uncovered hundreds of fake accounts spreading messages in support of Netanyahu’s Likud party and smearing his opponents.”

Columbia University Libraries: Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Launches the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive

Columbia University Archives: Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Launches the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. “The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. Built by the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, member libraries of the Latin America Libraries of the Northeast Group, and with significant contributions from members of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, the Archive comprises Brazilian government websites in the areas of human rights, the environment, LGBTQ issues, and culture, for the period following the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on October 28, 2018, up to his inauguration on January 1, 2019.”

Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable (New York Times)

New York Times: Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable. “At a moment when nearly everything in America seems wildly contentious, antitrust action against tech is getting a sober look. Antitrust is the nuclear bomb of regulatory policy, but the reaction to Ms. [Elizabeth] Warren’s and Ms. [Amy] Klobuchar’s ideas was surprisingly receptive.”

CNET: Far-right Twitter accounts amplified pro-Brexit views, study finds

CNET: Far-right Twitter accounts amplified pro-Brexit views, study finds. “Far-right Twitter users who appeared to be from the US helped spread tweets from accounts that support Britain’s controversial decision to leave the European Union, a process known as Brexit. The findings were part of a study released Tuesday by Finnish cybersecurity company F-Secure, which analyzed 24 million tweets about Brexit from 1.65 million users between Dec. 4 and Feb. 13, 2019. “