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Delay, deny, deflect: Facebook’s Russian propaganda crisis playbook

Delay, deny, deflect: Facebook’s Russian propaganda crisis playbook

Facebook sought to deflect blame and mask the extent of the problem. When that failed, as the company’s stock price plummeted, Facebook went on the attack.

  • by Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore & Cecilia Kang

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US militia men blame Trump, Russian propaganda for planned attack
Influence campaigns

US militia men blame Trump, Russian propaganda for planned attack

Attorneys for Kansas militia members who conspired to bomb a mosque have asked the court to consider what they called Trump's rhetoric encouraging violence.

'Trump of the tropics': Brazil's far-right candidate and elections explained
Brazil

'Trump of the tropics': Brazil's far-right candidate and elections explained

Brazil’s most important election in 30 years is just hours away, but voters here are nowhere near arriving at a consensus on who should lead them.

  • by Lia Timson
US strikes back against Russian interference
Russia

US strikes back against Russian interference

The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections.

  • by Julian E. Barnes
Facebook shuts fake, spamming accounts ahead of Brazilian election
Election

Facebook shuts fake, spamming accounts ahead of Brazilian election

The newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo said the group was the main network of support for far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro on the internet.

  • by Eduardo Simoes
Bolton says Russian meddling in US elections hardly had any effect
John Bolton

Bolton says Russian meddling in US elections hardly had any effect

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Monday Russian meddling in US elections had hardly had any real effect.

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Saudi troll army - helped once by Twitter insider - targets dissenters
Saudi Arabia

Saudi troll army - helped once by Twitter insider - targets dissenters

Khashoggi's online attackers were part of a broad effort dictated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to silence critics both inside Saudi Arabia and abroad.

  • by Katie Benner & Mark Mazzetti
Chinese interference fears flare in New Zealand
New Zealand

Chinese interference fears flare in New Zealand

Allegations a New Zealand politician tried to hide a donation from a businessman with Chinese Communist Party links have reignited concerns.

Brazilian electoral court joins fight against fake news with myth-busting website
Brazil

Brazilian electoral court joins fight against fake news with myth-busting website

The rampant spread of fake news ahead of Sunday's vote has Brazilian electoral officials worried.

  • by David Biller
'Greater action': Saudi issues warning over Khashoggi case
Crime

'Greater action': Saudi issues warning over Khashoggi case

The Saudi Embassy in Washington later tweeted what it called a clarification, thanking countries including the United States.

  • by Andrew Torchia and Arshad Mohammed
'Regime change without a war': we need to get smarter about fake news
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Technology and democracy

'Regime change without a war': we need to get smarter about fake news

Social media makes all of us both consumers and producers of information that can be dangerous.

  • by Chris Zappone