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British parliament presses Facebook on letting politicians lie in ads

British parliament presses Facebook on letting politicians lie in ads In yet another letter seeking to pry accountability from Facebook, the chair of a British parliamentary committee has pressed the company over its decision to adopt a policy on political ad that supports flagrant lying. In the letter Damian Collins, chair of […]

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Elizabeth Warren bites back at Zuckerberg’s leaked threat to K.O. the government

Elizabeth Warren bites back at Zuckerberg’s leaked threat to K.O. the government Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren has responded publicly to a leaked attack on her by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying she won’t be bullied out of taking big tech to task for anticompetitive practices. I’m not afraid to hold Big […]

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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia […]

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Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks

Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks A multi-month hunt for political disinformation spreading on Facebook in Europe suggests there are concerted efforts to use the platform to spread bogus far right propaganda to millions of voters ahead of a key EU vote which kicks off tomorrow. Following the […]

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Homeland Security hasn’t done enough to protect election infrastructure, says watchdog

Homeland Security hasn’t done enough to protect election infrastructure, says watchdog Homeland Security could do more to protect election infrastructure ahead, according to a new report by the department’s watchdog. The report from the inspector general, out Wednesday, said progress had been made but Homeland Security, the department charged with protecting elections […]

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Facebook refuses to disclose “chuck Chequers” Brexit advertiser to UK parliament

Facebook refuses to disclose “chuck Chequers” Brexit advertiser to UK parliament Facebook has refused to provide the British parliament with the names of individuals behind a shadowy network backing an extreme ‘no deal’ Brexit outcome over a government-negotiated compromise. Since the June 2016 EU referendum vote, politics in the UK has been […]

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Twitter names first international markets to get checks on political advertisers

Twitter names first international markets to get checks on political advertisers Twitter has announced it’s expanding checks on political advertisers outside the U.S. to also cover Australia, India and all the member states of the European Union. This means anyone wanting to run political ads on its platform in those regions will […]

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Valimail offers US election boards, campaigns and voting vendors its email anti-spoofing service for free

Valimail offers US election boards, campaigns and voting vendors its email anti-spoofing service for free Valimail, an enterprise email security firm, announced that it will offer its email protections for free to relevant government workers and campaigns through the 2018 midterms. That offer covers state election boards, voting system vendors and major […]

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Facebook and Microsoft briefed state officials on election security efforts today

Facebook and Microsoft briefed state officials on election security efforts today So much for summer Fridays. Yesterday, Buzzfeed reported that a dozen tech companies including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Snapchat would meet at Twitter headquarters on Friday to discuss election security. For two of them, that wasn’t the only meeting in the […]

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Hackers failed to hack into DNC voter database, says security firm

Hackers failed to hack into DNC voter database, says security firm The Democratic National Committee has prevented an attempt to hack into its database of tens of millions of voters. CNN and the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed party official, that the political organization was warned Tuesday of the attempt. […]

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