Gizmodo: Google Releases Political Ad Database and Trump Is the Big Winner

Gizmodo: Google Releases Political Ad Database and Trump Is the Big Winner. “Google has finally opened up about political ad-spending on its platforms and published a living archive of who’s paying what for your eyeballs while you’re just trying to consume some content. As we head into the heart of the midterm elections, Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign is outspending everyone.”

New York Times: How to Fix Social Media’s Big Problems? Lawmakers Have Ideas

New York Times: How to Fix Social Media’s Big Problems? Lawmakers Have Ideas. “Fixing the privacy and misinformation failures plaguing big tech companies is no easy task — but on both sides of the Atlantic, lawmakers are attempting to jump-start policy conversations in a bid to tackle the issues.”

Pews: Moderates in Congress go local on Facebook more than the most ideological members

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Moderates in Congress go local on Facebook more than the most ideological members. “While highly ideological members of Congress tend to use their Facebook posts to criticize political opponents and support their allies, moderate lawmakers are more likely to concentrate on local issues in their outreach on the platform, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis covering Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2017.”

Quartz: Zimbabwe’s politicians are fighting a vicious battle against fake news and each other

Quartz: Zimbabwe’s politicians are fighting a vicious battle against fake news and each other. “Zimbabwe’s political parties are winding down their campaigns ahead of elections on Monday (Jul. 30) to pick the first new administration since the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe in November. But as well as battling each other in the run-up to a historic election, politicians and party officials have been fighting the spread of disinformation, so-called fake news, through social media.”

New tactic by politicians: Set up fake news websites as a campaign gambit (Belleville News-Democrat)

Belleville News-Democrat: New tactic by politicians: Set up fake news websites as a campaign gambit. “Despite complaints from Congress about the Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign that included ‘fake news’ sites designed to sway voters, at least three members of Congress seeking re-election have posted similar sites designed to help them win re-election. Three sitting senators fighting tough re-election campaigns as well as at least one House member, have created sites that masquerade as internet news pages.”