Bloomberg: Twitter Says Russian Bots Retweeted Trump 470,000 Times. “Russian-linked Twitter bots shared Donald Trump’s tweets almost half a million times during the final months of the 2016 election, Twitter Inc. said in a submission to Congress. The automated accounts retweeted the Republican candidate’s @realDonaldTrump posts almost 470,000 times, accounting for just more than 4 percent of the re-tweets he received from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15, 2016. Hillary Clinton’s account got less than 50,000 retweets by the Russian-linked automated accounts during the same period of time, the company said in documents posted Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Cosmopolitan: How to Stream the 2018 State of the Union Address Online. “President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address from the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The televised speech will be simulcast on networks and cable stations across the country, but in the age of tablets and mobile phones, news outlets have also figured out several ways in which people can tune in online.”
CNN: Hundreds of newly created Twitter accounts pushed #ReleaseTheMemo. “The viral hashtag campaign #ReleaseTheMemo appears to have been driven at least in part by a swarm of Twitter accounts set up in the past week, a CNN analysis has found. More than 1,000 accounts that were set up between Thursday — when the hashtag first appeared — and Sunday night have tweeted the hashtag.”
The Telegraph: Digital versions of Fire and Fury riddled with malware. “Pirated copies of Michael Wolf’s tell-all Trump novel may be granting hackers access to readers PCs, potentially leaving them vulnerable to banking and identity fraud.”
WBUR: You Can Now See The Posters From Boston’s Women’s March Online . This is the 2017 march, not the 2018 march. “Ever wonder what happened to the signs from the Women’s March in Boston last year? With the help of Northeastern University, a team of scholars, students and volunteers created an online archive of more than 6,000 posters and pieces of artwork from the Jan. 21, 2017 protest.”
Columbia University: New Tracker Keeps Tabs on Government Attacks on Science. “The tracker is aimed at documenting government attempts to restrict or prevent scientific research, education, discussion or publication. It currently contains 96 entries drawn from media reports, and links to other resources that complement the database. The tracker organizes attacks into specific categories: government censorship (currently 41 entries); personnel changes (20); budget cuts (15); self-censorship (11); bias and misrepresentation (8); and research hindrance (5). (Some entries are listed under more than one category.) The tracker will be updated on an ongoing basis.” Currently the site only tracks federal-level actions, but state-level actions are for the future.
The Independent: Trump administration ends national database for ‘evidence-based’ mental health programmes. “Donald Trump’s administration has suspended a programme that helps people find intervention methods for preventing and treating mental illness and substance use disorder. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices has existed since 1997 and was designed to provide information about evidence-based mental health.”