Washington Post: YouTube recommended a Russian media site thousands of times for analysis of Mueller’s report, a watchdog group says

Washington Post: YouTube recommended a Russian media site thousands of times for analysis of Mueller’s report, a watchdog group says. “When the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III came out last week, offering the most authoritative account yet of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, YouTube recommended one video source hundreds of thousands of times to viewers seeking information, a watchdog says: RT, the global media operation funded by the Russian government.”

Washington Post: Why did Russian social media swarm the digital conversation about Catalan independence?

Washington Post: Why did Russian social media swarm the digital conversation about Catalan independence? “On Oct. 1, the hashtag #Catalanreferendum took you to the world’s most popular conversation on Twitter. For more than 12 hours, Catalonia’s independence referendum became a trending topic worldwide. As would be expected, links, posts and articles from two Spanish media companies were the most virally distributed in the digital conversation. More surprisingly, the Russian media conglomerate formed by RT and Sputnik was the fourth most-used source, its content virally distributed as part of the digital debate.”

Techdirt: Russia Threatens To Go To War With Google Over Stupid Comments By Eric Schmidt

Techdirt: Russia Threatens To Go To War With Google Over Stupid Comments By Eric Schmidt. “To be clear: I have no doubt that RT and Sputnik have engaged in attempts to push anti-US propaganda in the US. That seems fairly obvious at this point. My concern is twofold: first of all, saying that ‘it’s basically RT and Sputnik’ suggests Schmidt thinks that the issue is just those two sites and merely downranking them will solve problems related to propaganda. That’s both wrong and naive. Second, having the executive chair of Google’s parent company directly announce that Google is working on ways to downrank two specific sites is bad. Part of Google’s longstanding position has always been that they don’t interfere to go after specific sites, in part because that creates a massive slippery slope. Of course, Google gave up on part of that position five years ago when it caved […]

Motherboard: Eric Schmidt Says Google News Will ‘Engineer’ Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed

Motherboard: Eric Schmidt Says Google News Will ‘Engineer’ Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed. “Eric Schmidt, Executive Chariman of Alphabet, says the company is working to ferret out Russian propaganda from Google News after facing criticism that Kremlin-owned media sites had been given plum placement on the search giant’s news and advertising platforms. ‘We’re well aware of this one, and we’re working on detecting this kind of scenario you’re describing and deranking those kinds of sites,’ Schmidt said, after being asked why the world’s largest search company continued to classify the Russian sites as news.”

BuzzFeed: Twitter Offered Russian TV Network 15% Of Its Total Share Of US Elections Advertising

BuzzFeed: Twitter Offered Russian TV Network 15% Of Its Total Share Of US Elections Advertising. “Twitter wanted RT to spend big ahead of the 2016 US election, offering a significant portion of its election-related ad inventory in return. The social media company offered the Russian state–owned television network up to a 15% share of voice (‘SOV’) on US election advertising — or the percent of all ads run on that topic — for $3 million.” My jaw, it is on the floor.

Revealed: How Twitter pushed RT to spend big on 2016 US election (RT)

RT is pushing back against Twitter refusing its advertising going forward. From RT: Revealed: How Twitter pushed RT to spend big on 2016 US election. “At the end of September, Twitter published a report titled ‘Russian interference in 2016 US elections, bots, & misinformation’ which included confidential data on RT ad campaigns and implied that the channel was trying to influence Twitter users via advertising on the platform. This absolutely groundless and greatly-misleading association compels us to reveal the details of the 2016 negotiations during which Twitter representatives pitched to RT a large-sum advertising proposal. It was developed around promoting RT’s US election coverage on the micro-blogging platform. This proposal was eventually declined by RT.”

BuzzFeed: Twitter Is Banning Ads From Russian Media Outlets RT And Sputnik Because Of Election Meddling

BuzzFeed: Twitter Is Banning Ads From Russian Media Outlets RT And Sputnik Because Of Election Meddling. “All advertising from RT and Sputnik will be banned on Twitter, the company announced Thursday, due to the US intelligence assessment that the state-owned Russian media outlets attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The decision to ‘off-board’ all advertising from RT and Sputnik accounts is effective immediately, Twitter announced in a blog post.”

New York Times: Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped.

New York Times: Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped.. “When the state-backed Russian news channel RT became the first news organization to surpass one billion views on YouTube in 2013, it marked the achievement with a retrospective of its most popular videos and a special guest — one of the Google-owned site’s senior executives.”