Information operations on Twitter: principles, process, and disclosure (Twitter Blog)

Twitter Blog: Information operations on Twitter: principles, process, and disclosure. “In October 2018, we published the first comprehensive archive of Tweets and media associated with known state-backed information operations on Twitter. Since its launch, thousands of researchers from across the globe have downloaded datasets, which contain more than 30 million Tweets and over 1 terabyte of media, using our archive to conduct their own investigations and to share their insights and independent analysis with the world. Today, we’re adding six additional datasets to our archive, covering coordinated, state-backed activities originating from four jurisdictions. All accounts have been removed from Twitter.”

EFF: Social Media Platforms Increase Transparency About Content Removal Requests, But Many Keep Users in the Dark When Their Speech Is Censored, EFF Report Shows

EFF: Social Media Platforms Increase Transparency About Content Removal Requests, But Many Keep Users in the Dark When Their Speech Is Censored, EFF Report Shows. “San Francisco and Tunis, Tunisia—While social media platforms are increasingly giving users the opportunity to appeal decisions to censor their posts, very few platforms comprehensively commit to notifying users that their content has been removed in the first place, raising questions about their accountability and transparency, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today in a new report. “

KOCO: Gov. Stitt announces launch of interactive website allowing access to state ledger

KOCO: Gov. Stitt announces launch of interactive website allowing access to state ledger. “Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday announced the launch of Oklahoma Checkbook, a website aimed to help people understand how their taxpayer dollars are being spent. Oklahoma Checkbook provides near real-time data on the state’s expenses, ensuring that people can quickly and easily review the state’s ledger, according to a news release. Stitt also said the website will provide a ‘greater means of accountability and transparency,’ a platform on which he ran on during his gubernatorial bid.”

New: You Can Now Search the Full Text of 3 Million Nonprofit Tax Records for Free (ProPublica)

ProPublica: New: You Can Now Search the Full Text of 3 Million Nonprofit Tax Records for Free. “On Thursday, we launched a new feature for our Nonprofit Explorer database: The ability to search the full text of nearly 3 million electronically filed nonprofit tax filings sent to the IRS since 2011.”

Canada News Wire: The Globe and Mail relaunches browser extension to monitor Facebook ads ahead of Canadian election (PRESS RELEASE)

Canada News Wire: The Globe and Mail relaunches browser extension to monitor Facebook ads ahead of Canadian election (PRESS RELEASE). “The Globe and Mail is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Facebook Political Ad Collector (FBPAC), an online tool designed to monitor political advertising on Facebook. The collector, a web browser extension that can be downloaded by users, was built in 2017 by ProPublica as a tool to help create more transparency about the modern electoral landscape. With this relaunch, The Globe and Mail takes ownership of the tool, with an eye to bolstering its coverage of political advertising in the lead-up to the Canadian federal election in October, 2019.”

Vice: Shady Political Ads Are Pouring Into Facebook. We Still Can’t Track Them.

Vice: Shady Political Ads Are Pouring Into Facebook. We Still Can’t Track Them.. “If the 2016 election revealed Facebook’s power to influence elections, the millions spent by the presidential field so far this year suggest it was merely a warm-up for what’s coming next. And yet, researchers say Facebook has weakened or disabled certain tools they use to track political ads and content across the platform, just as users are about to be hit with a tsunami of political content.”

The Star (Kenya): New database to help document ‘fight against corruption’ in courts

The Star (Kenya): New database to help document ‘fight against corruption’ in courts. “Transparency International Kenya recently launched the ‘Rada Database’, which is the most comprehensive and ambitious attempt to track and document all cases on corruption processed through the courts.”