Facebook Political Ads: What the 2020 Candidates’ Campaign Spending Reveals (New York Times)

New York Times: Facebook Political Ads: What the 2020 Candidates’ Campaign Spending Reveals. “Collectively, the 19 current Democratic candidates for president have poured nearly $32 million into Facebook ads this year — more money than they have spent so far on television ads, a striking measure of the social network’s ever-rising influence in politics. The heavy spending on Facebook comes even as leading party officials have raised alarms about the site’s role in American democracy.”

Politico: Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s private meetings with conservative pundits

Politico: Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s private meetings with conservative pundits. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.”

CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads

CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads. “Elizabeth Warren has taken an attention-getting approach to attacking Facebook’s recent announcement that it won’t fact-check politicians’ posts. She’s running an ad on the social network that deliberately contains a falsehood.”

Report: Hackers use simple trick to target U.S. presidential campaign and government officials (Mashable)

Mashable: Report: Hackers use simple trick to target U.S. presidential campaign and government officials. “Hacking email accounts doesn’t have to be a sophisticated affair. We are reminded once again of this fact thanks to a report released Friday by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center detailing how a group of hackers targeted the email accounts of journalists, government officials, and the campaign of a U.S. presidential candidate. And here’s the thing, the bad actors didn’t use some fancy 1337 computer skills, but rather employed the oldest trick in the book: the password reset.”

New York Times: Brace Yourself for the Internet Impeachment

New York Times: Brace Yourself for the Internet Impeachment. “As impeachment looms, disinformation experts are bracing for a fresh cyclone of chaos, complete with fast-twitch media manipulation, droves of false and misleading claims, and hyper-polarized audiences fiercely clinging to their side’s version of reality.”

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren wants to hire an army of nerds to defeat Google’s lobbyists

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren wants to hire an army of nerds to defeat Google’s lobbyists. “On Friday, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced a new plan aimed at making lawmakers less susceptible to these lobbyists and their ‘disinformation’ over sensitive issues like tech consolidation and climate change: an army of government-mandated tech nerds housed in a reinstated Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).”

Phys .org: Trump’s Twitter communication style shifted over time based on varying communication goals

Phys .org: Trump’s Twitter communication style shifted over time based on varying communication goals. “While many journalists and academics have analysed the topics and sentiment of Trump’s tweets, the range of different rhetorical strategies and discursive styles deployed by Donald Trump is not well studied. The authors of the study downloaded the corpus of tweets sent from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account from 2009 and 2018 preserved in the Trump Twitter Archive. By analysing patterns of grammatical co-occurence, the authors were able to identify four general style variations of Trump’s tweets: 1) conversational; 2) campaigning; 3) advisory; 4) engaged, and to observe how these stylistic patterns shifted over time.”