US News & World Report: Congo Orders Internet Slowdown to Restrict Social Media: Telecoms Source. “Congolese authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media, a senior telecoms official based in Kinshasa said. The move comes as opposition is growing to President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his mandate expires in December, with nationwide strikes planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.” This is Congo-Kinshasa, not Congo-Brazzaville.
Reuters: New website aims to track Russian-backed propaganda on Twitter. ” A website launched on Wednesday seeks to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter, part of a growing non-governmental effort to diminish Moscow’s ability to meddle in future elections in the United States and Europe.”
Kalev Leetaru at Forbes: Is Social Media Really A Public Space? “As elected officials turn to social media to communicate with their constituents and social platforms themselves deploy new features to help connect citizens with their representatives, the interaction between the governed and those they elect to govern them is increasingly occurring on private digital property with membership rules and codes of conduct not subject to any of the protections traditionally afforded the public sphere.”
The Guardian: Facebook ‘dark ads’ can swing political opinions, research shows. “Using ‘psychographic’ profiles of individual voters generated from publicly stated interests really does work, according to new research presented at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The controversial practice allows groups to hone their messages to match the personality types of their targets during political campaigning, and is being used by firms including Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ to better target voters with political advertising with so-called ‘dark ads’.”
Reuters: Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources. “Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.”
Daily Nation (Kenya): Twitter traffic soars over approaching poll, debate fallout. “Kenyans on Twitter are now critically examining what various political candidates and parties have to offer, with tweets related to elections in the past week more than doubling to a total of 257,920 from 102,787.”
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio governor candidates’ Twitter usage sparks legal questions. “As political campaigns increasingly turn to social media to get their message out, the Twitter activities of two Ohio gubernatorial candidates — a Democrat and a Republican — are generating legal questions seldom if ever raised.”