ProPublica: Misinformation Image on WeChat Attempts to Frighten Chinese Americans Out of Voting

ProPublica: Misinformation Image on WeChat Attempts to Frighten Chinese Americans Out of Voting. “At least two dozen groups on the Chinese-owned social media app WeChat have been circulating misinformation that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is ‘preparing to mobilize’ the National Guard and ‘dispatch’ the military to quell impending riots, apparently in an attempt to frighten Chinese Americans into staying home on Election Day.”

Mashable: Facebook removes 120,000 posts for trying to ‘obstruct voting’ in U.S. election

Mashable: Facebook removes 120,000 posts for trying to ‘obstruct voting’ in U.S. election. “With the U.S. presidential election just weeks away, voter suppression efforts are in full-swing on social media. Among the prime targets for voter suppression attempts: The world’s largest social network, Facebook, and its sister platform, Instagram.”

CBS News: Black scholars band together to fight “cultural disinformation” on social media

CBS News: Black scholars band together to fight “cultural disinformation” on social media. “The National Black Cultural Information Trust seeks to counter trolls on Twitter and other social media platforms that attempt to discourage Black voters from participating in elections or seek to turn Black voters against other communities of color, such as Hispanics or Asian Americans. Teach-ins, webinars, workshops and town hall discussions will be hosted by the NBCIT to strengthen public awareness, according to the release.”

USA Today: Trump used Facebook to suppress the Black vote in battleground states during 2016 election, report says

USA Today: Trump used Facebook to suppress the Black vote in battleground states during 2016 election, report says. “Channel 4 News says it obtained a leaked database of voter profiles used by the Trump campaign that included a category called ‘deterrence,’ meaning voters who were likely to cast their ballots for Clinton or to not vote at all. These 3.5 million voters, who were disproportionately Black, were targeted with ‘dark’ ads to dissuade them from backing Clinton, according to the report. The report credits Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-connected data analysis firm that gained unauthorized access to tens of millions of Facebook profiles, with orchestrating the strategy.”

CNN: Civil rights groups urge Facebook to act against discrimination and voter suppression

CNN: Civil rights groups urge Facebook to act against discrimination and voter suppression. “More than 45 civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign, came together to urge Facebook (FB) to protect civil rights and address discrimination on its platform. The call to action came Monday in a letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella organization of civil rights groups.”

Mashable: Facebook will ban ads that discourage people from voting

Mashable: Facebook will ban ads that discourage people from voting. “Voter suppression is a term that describes efforts to prevent people from voting by spreading anti-voting sentiment, sharing incorrect information about how to vote, and even undermining get out the vote efforts and voting infrastructure. Now, Facebook will outright prohibit ads that discourage people from voting. For example, Facebook wouldn’t allow someone to publish an ad that suggests that voting is pointless.” Because pointing out that the platform from which 43% of American citizens get their news is totally okay with running lies as political ads is not a cogent argument that voting is useless. Or is it?

New York Times: Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans

New York Times: Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans (This is a different report than the one that was covered in The Washington Post.) “The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

Washington Post: How Facebook and Twitter are rushing to stop voter suppression online for the midterm elections

Washington Post: How Facebook and Twitter are rushing to stop voter suppression online for the midterm elections. “Facebook and Twitter aren’t just trying to drive people to the polls — they’re racing to fight back bad actors who seek to deter their users from voting. With the 2018 midterms days away, both social media platforms are waging a quiet war against fast-spreading falsehoods about how, when and where to vote — including posts containing inaccuracies about how to mail in ballots or doctored photos that show long lines at polling stations. To do so, they are taking aggressive steps to scan, vet and remove content that they see as a direct threat to democracy.”