TechCrunch: Facebook has quietly removed three bogus far-right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections

TechCrunch: Facebook has quietly removed three bogus far-right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections. “Facebook has quietly removed three far-right networks that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior intended to spread politically divisive content in Spain ahead of a general election in the country, which takes place on Sunday.”

BuzzFeed News: Pro-Trump Activists Are Boosting A Twitter App Used By Banned Personalities And It Appears To Have Already Stalled

BuzzFeed News: Pro-Trump Activists Are Boosting A Twitter App Used By Banned Personalities And It Appears To Have Already Stalled. “A prominent activist with close ties to Donald Trump urged British conservatives to abandon Twitter and embrace a new social media app dominated by right-wing political views and used by several far-right figures who are banned from Twitter. Candace Owens — a rising star on the American right who attracted controversy last week because of comments about Adolf Hitler first reported by BuzzFeed News — told an audience in London that the new platform, Parler News, would be a conservatives haven away from the perceived left-wing bias of Silicon Valley and mainstream publishers such as the Guardian and New York Times.”

The Next Web: After the US, Twitter faces wrath from India’s right wing over alleged bias

The Next Web: After the US, Twitter faces wrath from India’s right wing over alleged bias. “This week, a parliamentary committee in the country – where Twitter is believed to have some 30 million users has summoned company executives to discuss social media rights for users – allegedly over concerns of bias against right-wingers. According to a report by PTI, the panel has asked Dorsey to appear before it on February 25, after a meeting with the company’s India representatives on Monday. We’ve asked Twitter to confirm whether the CEO will travel to India, and we’ll update the story accordingly.”

Quartz: Is Twitter biased against India’s right wing? A parliament panel wants to know

Quartz: Is Twitter biased against India’s right wing? A parliament panel wants to know. “Supporters of India’s ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have for months alleged that Twitter is biased against them. Now, the social networking site has been summoned before a parliamentary panel on information technology (IT), in what is being widely perceived as a reaction to these concerns.”

The Atlantic: Why Google Doesn’t Rank Right-Wing Outlets Highly

The Atlantic: Why Google Doesn’t Rank Right-Wing Outlets Highly. “As a thought experiment, pick some markers of relevance (timeliness, impact, keyword density) and quality (originality, sourcing, depth). Now apply a ranking algorithm to the work of the mainstream media, which is to say the big networks, papers, and digital sites that abide by traditional journalistic values. Then apply the same standard to the conservative publications that PJ Media bemoaned the lack of.”

Reuters: Facebook removes pages of Brazil activist network before elections

Reuters: Facebook removes pages of Brazil activist network before elections. “Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday took down a network of pages and accounts used by a right-wing Brazilian activist group, cracking down on what it called a misinformation network ahead of elections in October.”

New York Times: As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm

New York Times: As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm. “When David North, the editorial chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, noticed a drop in the site’s traffic in April, he initially chalked it up to news fatigue over President Trump or a shift in political consciousness. But when he dug into the numbers, Mr. North said, he found a clearer explanation: Google had stopped redirecting search queries to the site. He discovered that the top search terms that once brought people to the World Socialist Web Site were now coming up empty.”