Blue Mountains Gazette (Australia): Google called in to scrub politicians’ numbers from the internet. “Internet behemoth Google has been called in to scrub federal politicians’ private mobile numbers from the internet after a bumbling government department published them on its website. The Department of Parliamentary Services took down the offending pages from the Parliament House website on Monday after being alerted by Fairfax Media to the privacy and security breach.” That is not a breach; that is a leak. Yeah?
The News & Observer: Senate leader’s Facebook page used for legislative business, campaign. “State Senate leader Phil Berger has embraced social media, both for his legislative staff and his re-election campaign. Berger’s campaign uses Facebook to encourage potential contributors to give money. A red button posted there says ‘Support Phil. Donate now!’ Government employees on Berger’s staff use Facebook to promote Berger’s agenda. They post links to press releases, news articles and other content, according to his office. But Berger has a single Facebook page, not two.”
TechCrunch: Facebook’s new “Town Hall” feature helps you find and contact your government reps. “In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s nearly 6,000-word manifesto published last month, he laid out a number of global ambitions he had for the social network in the days ahead – including one where its users became more ‘civically-engaged’ and voted more often. Now, it seems Facebook has taken its first steps toward making that possible, through a new feature it’s calling ‘Town Hall.'”
Washington Post: Could Google rankings skew an election? New group aims to find out.. “A researcher who long has argued that rankings on Google and other search engines can skew elections will announce plans on Tuesday to establish a global monitoring system to detect and counter the political effects of such alleged bias.”
The News & Observer: NC Senate leader Phil Berger changes news headlines on Facebook posts – violating the site’s policy. “Visitors to Senate leader Phil Berger’s official Facebook page might have thought this headline appeared in The News & Observer: ‘Has Roy Cooper flip-flopped on HB 2? Gov. Cooper now refusing to support men in women’s bathrooms.’ But that headline never appeared in the newspaper or on its website. The real headline on the news story: ‘In HB2 repeal effort, Gov. Cooper is silent on proposed nondiscrimination law.'”
CNN: He was president when Twitter was banned; now he’s tweeting . “Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — who was in office when the country banned access to Twitter — joined the social media platform Sunday.”
From WTOP: Va. lawmakers’ reports showing gifts, stocks now available online. “Forms filed by Virginia lawmakers that show gifts they’ve received, what companies they own stock in and who employs them and their immediate family members are now online for public view.”