New York Times: A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog

New York Times: A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog. “A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of Washington’s back-room politics to Silicon Valley when, while working for Facebook, it began disparaging other tech companies to reporters. But a few days before Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, testified to Congress in September, Definers set its sights on a different target: the senators about to question Ms. Sandberg.”

Quartz: Instagram was the target of the latest political interference efforts

Quartz: Instagram was the target of the latest political interference efforts. “Facebook’s newest announcement updating the public on the latest political interference efforts on its platforms is an important reminder that Instagram can be just as much a target of coordinated misinformation as Facebook itself.”

CNET: Facebook shares some yanked posts that may be linked to Russian trolls

CNET: Facebook shares some yanked posts that may be linked to Russian trolls. “Earlier this month, ahead of the US midterm elections, Facebook said it had pulled down more than 100 accounts that may be linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency. On Tuesday, the world’s largest social network shared a sample of seven posts from the accounts it yanked for ‘inauthentic behavior.’ Some of the fake accounts posted about LGBT pride, women’s rights or black communities. “

Mother Jones: How Bots Are Hijacking the Political Conversation Just Before the Election

Mother Jones: How Bots Are Hijacking the Political Conversation Just Before the Election. “When President Donald Trump tweeted about a caravan of immigrants heading to the US border in late October, it set off a wildfire of misinformation on social media. Posts on Facebook and Twitter spread conspiracy theories that Democratic donor George Soros was funding the migrants and the false allegation that the group included terrorists and gang members. It turns out it wasn’t just Republicans latching on the story—it was also Twitter bots.”

New York Times: We Asked for Examples of Election Misinformation. You Delivered.

New York Times: We Asked for Examples of Election Misinformation. You Delivered.. “Two months ago, The New York Times asked readers to send in examples of election-related misinformation they saw online. Readers responded. In all, more than 4,000 examples of misinformation were submitted to The Times from social media feeds, text-messaging apps and email accounts.”

Social media’s misinformation battle: No winners, so far (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Social media’s misinformation battle: No winners, so far. “Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they’re making some headway, although they’re still a very long way from winning the war.”